PIGEON FORGE — A helicopter made a safe emergency landing on city property Wednesday afternoon after apparently suffering engine problems.
The helicopter landed in an open field near the Pigeon Forge Water Treatment Plant, off McGill Drive.
“The pilot made the landing due to the helicopter losing power,” Pigeon Forge Police Chief Richard Catlett said.
It was occupied by the pilot and one passenger; no injuries were reported.
The field is across the road from the Pigeon Forge Community Center, and a short distance from the Parkway and Pigeon Forge High School.
When The Mountain Press arrived, a crew from nearby Sevier County Chopper was already preparing the helicopter to be loaded on a trailer.
The pilot and occupant had already left, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Officials said the FAA does not require an on site investigation after an incident where there are no injuries or damages, so the crew was cleared to move the helicopter and hoped to have it off the property by the end of the day Wednesday.
An FAA spokesperson said they would investigate the incident.
The tail number visible on the helicopter, N442UK, is registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC, out of Woodland Hills, California, according to the FAA. It is a Robinson Helicopter R44; Sevier County Choppers is an authorized FAA Repair station and a Robinson Overhaul Facility, according to the company’s Facebook page.
A spokesperson for Sevier County Chopper said the pilot reported possible engine failure and found the nearest safe place to land.
Flightaware.com, a flight tracking website, showed the last flight for the helicopter was a flight from Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport on Oct. 7.
The Mountain Press was not able to reach officials at the airport for any additional information Wednesday.