GRANITE BAY, Calif. (CBS13) — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday evening after its crew was alerted to a potential mechanical problem.

Authorities said a warning light called a “chip light” turned on in the cockpit of Star 8 while the aircraft was performing a security check around Folsom Dam.

The warning light indicated that a piece of metal is loose inside the engine, a potentially crippling problem. The deputies on board, one of whom was identified as Deputy Brian Rutledge, immediately landed the helicopter in a field near Willma Cavitt Junior High School.

No injuries were reported.

A mechanic was brought to the scene to inspect the helicopter and flush out the engine oil, according to Captain Fred Links. The problem turned out to be an object smaller than a sliver of hair.

In 2005, the Sheriff’s helicopter, Star 6, crash landed near Lake Natoma while on patrol. The aircraft caught fire after hitting the ground, killing two of the three occupants on board.

Comments (4)
  1. Mike W. says:

    I’m happy to read that the souls onboard the aircraft are on the ground and doing well. Good job guys!

  2. -T says:

    Yeah Good job, good to hear everything is fine. I remember hearing one of the voices from a chopper one night somewhere, that guy really sounded cool.

  3. Lew Ninwosix says:

    Helicopter pilots are to perform a thourough heli safety checklist each time before flight.. Pilot should have been one to reinspect and service heli

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    MY SPACE SHIP WAS SHOT DOWN BY ILLEGAL ALIENS LAST NIGHT I WONDER DID THEY SHOOT DOWN THE HELICOPTER
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/the-pancake-brawl-ghetto-girls-destory-ihop/

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