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News helicopter forced to make hard landing in Pacoima

November 12, 2010 |  8:50 am

A news helicopter used by CBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 was forced to make an emergency landing Friday at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima because of engine failure, but the two people inside escaped safely.

The aircraft landed about 8 a.m. at the San Fernando Valley airport frequently used by news aircraft, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The tail rotor and boom assembly were separated from the body of the helicopter, but it was unclear if it happened in the air or upon impact.

The National Travel Safety Board will investigate the cause of the emergency landing, Humphrey said.

-- Stephen Ceasar