RV Park Showered As Chopper Empties Fuel
The L.A. County Sheriffs Department has released information describing the approximate flight path in which one of its helicopters released fuel over part of Long Beach, Calif., including the Golden Shore RV Park, park, in making an emergency landing Thursday afternoon (July 22) on the Long Beach Poly High School athletic field and includes additional information on what happened.
In a release, police said the approximate flight path in which fuel was released was from roughly the old [former] LB Naval Shipyard on a direct flight path to Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
"The path included the Naval Shipyard, loading docks, some residential areas and downtown Long Beach," the release states.
The release adds that a Long Beach Fire Department battalion chief reported receiving "several calls from the public complaining of an unknown liquid falling from the sky. There were no reports of hospitalizations. Their concerns were alleviated once the source of the substance was explained."
The LASD release states:
A Sheriff's Department Air-5 Rescue Sikorsky helicopter was conducting a maintenance check flight over the Pacific Ocean at about 12:40 PM, when one of the helicopter's two engines failed, and the flight crew immediately headed back to Long Beach Airport.
While en route, the pilots detected a sudden loss of a significant amount of engine oil, and prepared for an emergency landing.
In order to land safely, it was necessary, under emergency procedures, to off load some fuel to lighten the aircraft over downtown Long Beach from an altitude of about 1000 feet.
The helicopter was able to land safely on the athletic field at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach. There were no injuries.
The flight path wherein the fuel was released was from (approximately) the old Long Beach Naval Shipyard on a direct flight path to the high school. The path included the naval shipyard, loading docks, some residential areas and downtown Long Beach."
As previously reported by LBReport.comLBFD Public Information Officer Steve Yamamoto, fuel came down over a portion of the Golden Shore RV Park (Shoreline Drive just east of the Los Angeles River) and Port of LB Pier F. PIO Yamamoto said at about 2:50 p.m. that LBFD representatives were on scene at the RV park to follow-up and mitigate the situation as necessary.