Maintenance issue forces police helicopter to land near Long Beach shoreline

A Long Beach police helicopter made an unplanned landing in a grassy area along Shoreline Drive because the aircraft was having a maintenance issue Sunday night, according to the department.

The helicopter set down around 11:10 p.m., witnesses said. It was landed as a precaution, police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said, and was grounded for no more than about 90 minutes.

Maintenance issues are not uncommon and the helicopter was safely flown back to the department’s heliport, Chavarria said.

This was before a thunderstorm hit Long Beach, with lightning, sheets of rain and howling wind. Chavarria said the helicopter being grounded was not related to the storm.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.