A Columbus Police helicopter pilot says he was forced to make an emergency landing late Monday night. The pilot says a mechanical issue triggered the emergency situation around 10:45 p.m. It happened while he was flying over east Columbus.
The pilot landed in a parking lot on South Hamilton Road at Kimberly Parkway just north of Eastland Mall. The pilot was not injured, and nobody on the ground was hurt.
Columbus Police waited for daylight to begin checking out what caused the chopper's mechanical problems. It was determined that the helicopter had a faulty gauge.
The helicpter remained in the parking lot until the problem was reviewed.
It will be returned to its hangar in west Columbus off West Broad Street.
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