Four people were injured on Friday after a helicopter had an emergency hard landing on a residential street in Sherman Oaks, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The helicopter, owned by National Helicopter Service in Van Nuys, landed around 12:06 p.m. in the 15000 block of West Valleyheart Drive.
Two men, one woman and a 16-year-old girl all exited the helicopter prior to paramedics arrival with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, the Department said.
“This pilot, I have to say, expertly put this craft down despite whatever issue he had,” said Batt. Chief Daniel Curry. “He was able to avoid structures; he was able to avoid cars; he was able to avoid people and put the craft down. He did damage a fence but, all in all, it was a good outcome.”
Video from Sky5 showed paramedics wheeling a woman on gurney towards an ambulance. Another woman and one man were also shown being treated at the scene.
There was no active fire near the scene of the landing but the helicopter did damage a small section of a nearby fence, authorities said.
No homes were damaged and no pedestrians were injured, the Department added.
The cause of the landing is unknown but officials are investigating, according to Richard Hart, a representative with the National Helicopter Service.
” We don’t know yet. Obviously there will be an investigation to see what the cause was,” Hart told KTLA. “I’m extremely ecstatic that all the people are relatively uninjured. Minor injuries is all I have heard. The helicopter is pretty much destroyed, however, all the emergency equipment on board appears to have done its job.”
Valleyheart Drive is closed from Noble Avenue to Sepulveda Boulevard until further notice.