Coast Guard helicopter makes emergency landing

AP Photos/US Navy, Keith W. DeVinney
AP Photos/US Navy, Keith W. DeVinney

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a helicopter from its air station in Traverse City, Mich., had flight control problems and made an emergency landing on Wisconsin’s Washington Island.

The Coast Guard says the four crew members escaped injury in the landing. It says the crew of the Dolphin helicopter contacted the base about 8:30 a.m. Sunday to report the control problems.

The Coast Guard says the helicopter took off from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport and was about half an hour into its flight to Michigan’s Iron Mountain Airport when the problem occurred.

Washington Island is in Lake Michigan, about 25 miles south of Escanaba, Mich.

In January, a Coast Guard helicopter out of Traverse City made an emergency landing in a field in Gratiot County after a leak in a flight control component. It’s not yet clear whether that was the same helicopter that made Sunday morning’s emergency landing.

A helicopter landed in a Summer Township field after experiencing a mechanical problem. (Courtesy Bryan Polley via ReportIt - Jan. 21, 2014)
(A helicopter landed in a Summer Township field after experiencing a mechanical problem. Courtesy Bryan Polley via ReportIt – Jan. 21, 2014)
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