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Updated Jun 25, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Helicopter makes emergency landing in Pinal County

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Three Pinal County Sheriff’s Office employees escaped
injury after the helicopter they were in made an emergency landing after losing
power.

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
medical facility.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety
Board are investigating the incident.

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