EL CAJON, Calif.—
The pilot of a Department of Homeland Security
helicopter made a hard landing at Gillespie Field today while on a training
flight, damaging the aircraft but causing no injuries, authorities reported.
The McDonnell Douglas MD 600 came down too fast on a little-used runway
at the El Cajon airfield about 11 a.m., fire department spokeswoman Monica Zech
The impact broke one of the copter's landing struts and set part of it
into the body of the aircraft, which then leaked a small amount of fuel, Zech
The accident left the two occupants -- who were practicing landings when
the helicopter went down -- with ``no injuries, just rattled nerves, I'm
sure,'' the spokeswoman said.
The mishap did not affect normal flight operations at the airport,
according to Zech.
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