Breaking News!!: Hollywood, CA: KTLA 5 news helicopter makes an emergency landing after smoke was spotted.
Scare moments in the sky over Hollywood, California on Monday, August 27th, 2012 as a news helicopter for KTLA Channel 5 had to make an emergency landing after being alerted by another news helicopter pilot from CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2 that smoke was pouring out of their engine.
** Picture from CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2: **
The KTLA news helicopter known as “Sky 5” and the KCBS news helicopter known as “SKY 2” were covering a breaking news story in Hollywood, California when SKY 2 Pilot noticed smoke from the engine of the Sky 5 news helicopter.
KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano alerted KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn by radio about the smoke coming from their news helicopter and told KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn to land the news helicopter.
Dramatic video captured by CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter as smoke poured out of the KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter as the news helicopter looks for a safe place to land.
KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn landing safely in a vacant parking lot at Highland Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California and immediately shut down the engine to the news helicopter.
Both KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn and KTLA Channel 5’s Photographer Jeff Laabs quickly exited their news helicopter uninjured and safe.
The Los Angeles City Fire Department as well as Los Angeles Police Department arrived soon after the emergency landing and inspected the news helicopter.
According to Los Angeles City Fire Department Officials, a crack in the engine of the news helicopter caused an oil leak which then led to the emergency landing.
According to CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2, KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn was taught how to fly by KCBS Channel 2 News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano and when Catalano told him to land, he knew that was his best and only option.
KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn gave thanks to the news helicopter crew at KCBS Channel 2 for alerting them to the smoke and engine trouble.
** ZachNews would like to say great work to Sky 5 Pilot Tim Lynn and Sky 5 Photographer Jeff Laabs for remaining calm and safely landing the news helicopter well keeping the public safe. **
** ZachNews would like to also say great work to SKY 2 Pilot Dan Catalano and SKY 2 Reporter Stu Mundel for caring for the safety of your fellow news colleagues. **
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