Coast Guard chopper makes emergency landing in Door County

WASHINGTON ISLAND – A Coast Guard air crew made an emergency landing on Washington Island Sunday morning after the helicopter experienced flight control malfunctions.

Coast Guard officials say around 8:30, the crew, aboard a Dolphin helicopter based out of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, contacted the operations center at the air station. Crew members said they intended to make an emergency landing to the beach on Washington Island.

The aircraft’s four-member crew launched early Sunday morning from Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, en route to the Iron Mountain Airport in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Approximately 30 minutes after take off, and while near the western shore of Lake Michigan, the crew declared an in-flight emergency with air traffic control and safely landed on the beach of Washington Island.

The crew was uninjured, and members of the air station are making plans to recover the aircraft.

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