FOX 4 Exclusive: Video shows KCPD helicopter landing just feet from occupied vehicle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New video was released on Thursday that shows the moment pilots were forced to land Kansas City’s police helicopter at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Elmwood.

There were 19 security cameras rolling at J. Edward Kendrick and Associates Dentist Office Wednesday night, and one caught the whole landing.

Police say the helicopter had a mechanical problem, and the landing happened just before 8:30 p.m.

The pilots weren’t injured, and able to smoothly land the helicopter upright. A few seconds after the landing of the two pilots can be seen getting out of the helicopter. He waved off traffic until officers in cruisers arrived to close the street.

The emergency landing stunned people in the neighborhood.

“I’m sure everyone is quite as surprised as I am. Like I said, a lot of things happen on this avenue, but we’ve never seen a helicopter land, and I’m just glad nobody got hurt, that’s pretty incredible to me,” said Sonja Pringle.

The helicopter was towed to a hangar. Police say they have a second helicopter they’ll use in the meantime.

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