Niagara Gazette

October 15, 2013

Canadian chopper makes emergency landing in Wilson

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

A Canadian Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter made an emergency landing Sunday in the Town of Wilson, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.

The helicopter was working with the U.S. Coast Guard on a search and rescue operation, looking for a ship in distress on Lake Ontario. But according to the pilot, the helicopter started having trouble when a bird flew into the engine.

Authorities said the chopper had to land at about 5:30 a.m. in a farmer's field in the 3100 block of Lake Road. The aircraft landed about 500 feet away from the road, the Sheriff's Office said.

Five crew members were on the chopper and no injuries were reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard and a Border Patrol agent responded to the scene. U.S. Customs was notified, the Sheriff's Office said.

The landing was more of a precaution as the pilot said they wanted to make sure the helicopter was OK before flying back to Canada.