Warning Light Prompts LAPD Chopper To Make Unscheduled Landing

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles police helicopter flying over a report of a burglary in South Los Angeles had to make an unscheduled landing when a warning light came on in the cockpit.

Sgt. Mel Stevenson of the LAPD Air Support Division told City News Service he made a precautionary landing near Broadway and 87th Street about 10 p.m. Saturday – a first in his 20 years on the job.

A mechanic checked out the helicopter and within an hour, the chopper was back in the air.

The burglary report, Stevenson said, turned out to be unfounded.

Stevenson plans on retiring in 45 days and said the unscheduled landing should be his last.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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