A tour helicopter had to make an emergency landing Thursday morning on Kirkman Road near Sand Lake Road. (Orlando Fire Department)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Helicopter makes emergency landing on Kirkman Road, Orlando - Charles D'Alberto
A Robinson R44 tour helicopter had to make an emergency landing Thursday morning in a median on Kirkman Road near Sand Lake Road, fire officials said.
The pilot and two passengers were not injured.
Orlando Fire Department officials said the pilot had 11 years of experience.
Air Florida Helicopters Charters, Inc. said in a statement that the pilot made the landing as a precaution.
It’s not clear what caused the pilot to land, the company said.
The tail of the helicopter fell off when it landed, officials said.
“We are ultimately happy and thankful nobody was hurt. The passengers were brought back to our location in good spirits and health,” it said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
The International Drive business offering $20 helicopter rides over Orlando’s tourist attractions has been operating for nearly 25 years.
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