Helicopter Near-Miss at Cleveland

The Cleveland circuit is part of an active (if relatively minor) commercial airport for all but a handful of days of the year when the Champ Cars are in town

Helicopter Near-Miss at Cleveland

But the two disciplines came a little too close for comfort on Saturday afternoon, when a helicopter made an emergency landing on a grassy area just a few hundred yards away from Turn One, just as the Toyota Atlantic race was getting underway.

An official statement released by the City of Cleveland read: "At 12:59pm a privately charted helicopter experienced an equipment malfunction during flight.

"The pilot of the helicopter maintained control of the aircraft and successfully landed the aircraft without sustaining any injuries at the western end of Burke Lakefront Airport airfield, an area specifically used for launching and landing of helicopters.

"The landing...posed no threat to the airport or any activities related to the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland. The helicopter landed approximately one half-mile from the racetrack.

"The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and all protocols and procedures have been initiated successfully."

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