8:15 AM CDT, October 22, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Sheriff's patrol helicopter was forced to land in Lakewood Sunday night after it was hit by a bird, authorities said.
It happened just before 9 p.m. after the flight crew on Air-24 heard a loud noise coming from the aircraft while in flight.
They landed the helicopter safely on Del Amo Boulevard, between Paramount Boulevard and Cherry Avenue.
The crew then did an outside check of the helicopter, and found that the noise was caused by a bird hitting the cabin above the pilot canopy.
No one was injured, and there was no property damage caused the the landing.
The damage to the aircraft will be assessed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's helicopter mechanics. Air-24 is an American Euro Copter.