Helicopter wrecked after hard landing in Chatham

A small helicopter was wrecked after its pilot was forced to make a hard landing in Chatham Borough.



Chatham Borough public information officer Steven Williams say the Robinson R44 helicopter landed in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 500 block of Main Street just before 6:30 p.m. Friday.



According to Williams, the 54-year-old pilot took off from Richmond, Virginia with one passenger. They were en route to Lincoln Park, New Jersey, about 30 miles north of where they landed in Chatham.



Witnesses say the helicopter came in low and may have hit some trees before making the hard landing in the parking lot. According to the FAA, the helicopter's tail hit one of the garages in the parking lot.



Williams praised the pilot for landing as safely as he did since there are many powerlines, New Jersey Transit rail wires and apartment buildings nearby. No one on the ground was hurt.



The pilot and the passenger were able to walk away from the landing on their own. The passenger was taken to Morristown Medical Center after complaining of back injuries.



The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. 


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