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News chopper's dramatic emergency landing caught on tape

August 28, 2012 |  3:52 am

A KTLA-TV  Channel 5 helicopter made an emergency landing in the heart of Hollywood on Monday after mechanical problems developed.

KCBS-TV Channel 2's chopper captured the dramatic moments when smoke started pouring out of the top of the KTLA chopper, forcing the pilot to make the landing in a parking lot north of Hollywood Boulevard.

"Five's got trouble!" the KCBS pilot said as he tracked the KTLA chopper. "Dude, he's on fire."

The copter was smoking as it landed at 6338 Franklin Ave.  near Las Palmas Avenue, but no injuries or fire were reported, officials said. The aircraft had an apparent oil leak, according to fire officials.

KTLA-TV news said on its Twitter account that the aircraft landed in a parking lot. No other details were immediately available.

In an interview with KTLA News, pilot Tim Lynn said he was flying over news in Hollywood 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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