Helicopter forced to land near Grand Prix

June 26, 2005 at 9:23 AM

CLEVELAND, June 26 (UPI) -- No one was injured when a privately charted helicopter was forced to land near the site of the Champ Car Grand Prix in Cleveland.

City Commissioner Khalid Bahhur said in a statement Saturday the pilot maintained control of the chopper and successfully landed without causing any injuries. The incident occurred shortly after noon at the western end of the Burke Lakefront Airport airfield.

"The landing of the aircraft posed no threat to the airport or any activities related to the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank," Bahhur said. "The helicopter landed approximately one half mile from the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland racetrack. There was no interruption of activities related to the race."

Bahhur said the Federal Aviation Administration was notified.

Paul Tracy circled the 10-turn course at 132.040 mph to win the pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix of Cleveland.

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