Warning Light Forces LAPD Chopper To Land On Soccer Field

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A warning light forced a Los Angeles police helicopter to make an emergency landing on a soccer field near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Wednesday.

The chopper landed safely about 1:30 p.m. near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Menlo Avenue, Los Angeles police Sgt. Carlton Brown said.

A similar incident happened Sunday. A warning light in the cockpit of another police helicopter with two officers aboard prompted the pilot to make a precautionary landing in a Home Depot parking lot about 2 a.m. That chopper landed near Western and Slauson avenues.

The LAPD requires pilots to land and have the helicopter checked out whenever a warning light comes on, Sgt. Mike Daily of the Air Support Division said.

Air Support Division Officer Sandra Villa said a mechanic was en route to the soccer field from Van Nuys. If the helicopter cannot be fixed at the scene, it will be put on a flatbed truck and taken in for repairs.

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