News chopper pilot describes dramatic landing in Hollywood
The drama in the skies over Hollywood Monday began when a helicopter pilot for KCBS noticed smoke coming out of the KTLA chopper while both were covering breaking news.
"Five's got trouble!" the KCBS pilot said as he tracked the KTLA chopper. "Dude, he's on fire."
The KCBS chopper then captured the dramatic moments when the KTLA helicopter pilot looked for a place to land. He eventually landed at a parking lot north of Hollywood Boulevard. No one was hurt.
The copter was smoking as it landed at 6338 Franklin Ave. near Las Palmas Avenue, but no fire was reported, officials said. The aircraft had an apparent oil leak, according to fire officials.
In an interview with KTLA News, pilot Tim Lynn said he was flying over Hollywood covering a news story when the pilot of the KCBS helicopter informed him about the smoke.
Lynn said smoke got into the cockpit and he decided to land immediately.
"It was exciting at the beginning," Lynn said. "But training takes over. It ended successfully and everyone is doing good."Lynn said he first considered landing on the field at Hollywood High School but there were people there.
He picked the parking lot a few blocks north.
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