- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - No one was hurt when a Mesa police helicopter suddenly lost engine power and crashed in a field.

Police spokesman Tony Landato says the helicopter was 90 minutes into a patrol shift near the Gilbert-Mesa border when the engine failed around 1 a.m.

Landato says the two police pilots had between 10 and 15 seconds to land the vehicle as best they could.

The resulting hard landing led to the helicopter’s tail snapping off.

Neither pilot was injured nor anyone on the ground.

Landato says the outcome could have been a lot worse had the helicopter been even a quarter-mile in another direction.

He says the helicopter just so happened to be over an alfalfa field of a farm surrounded by residential areas.


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