Smoking news copter emergency lands in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Southern California news helicopter with a smoking engine had to make an emergency landing in an empty parking lot in Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that the helicopter from KTLA-TV landed safely with no fire and the two on board were not hurt. The smoke came from an apparent oil leak.

The helicopter landed in a parking lot on Franklin Avenue between Highland and Cahuenga near a senior center.

Pilot Tim Lynn told his TV station that another pilot from a KCBS-TV helicopter first saw and alerted him of the smoke, and it eventually began pouring into the cockpit, but he maintained good control of the helicopter.

Lynn said he first considered landing in a high school football stadium before finding the empty lot.

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