Everyone got down safely, but there was a scary moment over Hollywood Monday afternoon. Helicopters for Channel 5 and Channel 2 were covering the report of a gunman in Hollywood when Stu Mundel, the pilot for KCBS' SKY2, noticed smoke spewing from the engine of KTLA's Sky5. Mundel radioed his counterpart in Sky5, who declared an emergency and landed in an empty parking lot at Highland and Franklin avenues. Pilot Tim Lynn and photographer Jeff Laabs were not hurt.
Such is the media today: Channel 2's web story errantly locates the landing at the non-existent intersection of "Hollywood Blvd. and Franklin Avenue," and ">Channel 5's story is only slightly better, elevating Highland to boulevard status. Nice video of the landing at the KCBS link.
Photo: KTLA website