Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A helicopter pilot taking two passengers on a tour of the Laguna Beach area made a successful emergency landing Tuesday due to a mechanical error.

Seven minutes into the 25-minute afternoon tour, an emergency light was activated, prompting the pilot to set the helicopter down in Crystal Cove state park, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. Firefighters were alerted to the emergency at 2:25 p.m.

The helicopter was back at John Wayne Airport by 5:15 p.m. after a mechanic fixed a sensor, Concialdi said.

The helicopter, which used to patrol Newport Beach and Costa Mesa for the cities’ police departments, has been owned by OC Helicopters for the past couple of years and used for private tours, Concialdi said.

The pilot and his two male passengers were unhurt in the landing, which was like a normal set down at the airport, Concialdi said.

— City News Service

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