FLORENCE, Ariz. — Three Pinal County Sheriff’s Office employees escaped
injury after the helicopter they were in made an emergency landing after losing
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tamra Ingersoll says the helicopter landed safely around
7 a.m. Tuesday just north of Interstate 8.
She says the sheriff’s office Raven 1 helicopter was on a routine maintenance
flight operation when the pilot began having engine problems.
The pilot was able to make an emergency landing on a dirt field, missing nearby
high-tension power lines.
Ingersoll says a tactical flight officer and another aviation unit deputy also
were aboard the helicopter.
She says all three men received precautionary medical evaluations at a nearby
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety
Board are investigating the incident.