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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Willits: MEU Cal Fire helicopter damaged in hard landing

Photo: CDF Copter 101 making soft landing
Credit: Craig Allen Photos 2005
What: Cal Fire helicopter 101 sustained major damage during an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon,   according to Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Information Officer Julie Cooley.  "It was not a crash, it was an emergency landing, but it was a hard landing," Cooley said.  The copter was heavily damaged, but the pilot and seven firefighters aboard were uninjured, she said. It was unknown at this time whether the helicopter could be repaired or needed to be replaced.

Where: South of the Cal Fire Howard Forest helipad near the town of Willits.

Why: She had no further details Tuesday evening about why the helicopter made an emergency landing not far from the helipad just before 2 p.m.

Who: CAL FIRE, Willits/Little Lake Fire Department, CHP and Ukiah Ambulance responded to the scene as a precaution.

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