NYSP helicopter experiences hard landing
New York State Police in Steuben County ended the search for a missing woman, but had a scare as the helicopter assisting in the search had to make an emergency landing. YNN's Katie Husband has the latest.
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CAMPBELL, N.Y. -- New York State troopers, Steuben County Sheriff's Deputies and other search and rescue personnel wrapped up a search for a missing Hammondsport woman in the town of Campbell Friday morning.
"One of the search teams, including search and rescue dog volunteer that was here to assist us, located a body of a white female," said Ray Dell, Steuben County Undersheriff.
Melissa Sherry, 28, fled into the woods Saturday, and was reported missing to law enforcement on Sunday. After the search, the State Police helicopter assisting in the search was heading back to the barracks in Batavia when trouble emerged.
"Experienced a form or loss of aircraft control. Again, we don't know if it was mechanical in nature or what caused this particular loss of control," said Maj. Charles Guess, NYSP Aviation Detail Commander.
The pilot, Trooper Thomas Schultz, soon realized the aircraft was experiencing an in-flight mechanical emergency causing him to conduct a controlled but powerless descent, resulting in a hard landing.
"It is clear from the preliminary information that Trooper Schultz, a highly experienced aviator, took the appropriate action to get the aircraft on the ground with the best possible outcome," said Guess.
Officials say the outcome was the best they could have hoped for. Neither the pilot or anyone in the community was severely hurt. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
"The FAA has been on scene, along with State Police, the NTSB has been contacted, I've personally been in touch with them. And the NTSB and FAA will be lead investigating authorities on this case," said Guess.
Officials say it could be weeks or months before a cause is determined.