Sheriff’s copter makes emergency landing

Herald staff

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish County sheriff’s helicopter made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at a ball field in Snohomish after the pilot reported hearing a "growling sound."

The Huey helicopter was returning from the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, where it had been on display. The fair wrapped up Monday.

The helicopter was headed for Taylor’s Landing, 5506 Old Machias Road in Snohomish. But 20 seconds before landing, the pilot reported hearing "a growling sound in the transmission," said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen.

As a precautionary measure, the pilot put the helicopter down on the Sidewinder ball field.

"They didn’t want to take any chances," Jorgensen said.

No one was injured in the abrupt landing. The helicopter was towed from the field.

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