County police helicopter makes ‘precautionary landing’ at Bocek Park

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Photo via Baltimore County Police Department/Twitter

A county police helicopter took a detour into East Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, though the department assures it’s nothing to fuss over.

WJZ-TV captured a shot of the grounded chopper earlier today at Frank M. Bocek Park off of Edison Highway and E. Madison Street. Another clip from WBAL-TV shows someone climbing up to inspect the main rotor. It landed on the grass at around 2 p.m.

Officer Jennifer Peach said via email that the pilots “chose to make a precautionary landing,” but described it as routine and said no one was injured. They opted to land for a routine safety inspection “after hearing an unfamiliar noise,” she said.

The chopper is currently being inspected and, according to a tweeted update from Baltimore County police, is due to take flight again soon. The department hasn’t specified what the issue was.

The county maintains a fleet of three Airbus AS350B3 helicopters, based out of Martin State Airport in Middle River.

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