Helicopter landing freaks out golfers on Staten Island course


Imagine playing a casual round of golf with your buddies. All is quiet as you set up your approach shot, and the next thing you know a giant helicopter lands on the course right behind you.

That’s what happened in Staten Island Sunday, when golfers there received quite a startle when a Coast Guard helicopter made an emergency landing on the grounds of the Richmond County Country Club in Dongan Hills.

The helicopter crew was performing a flyover of northern New Jersey to monitor an oil spill in Bayonne when the cockpit filled with smoke and fumes, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

“Our flight mechanic smelled something,” Elise Roberts, the pilot, told silive.com. “We were setting up for a precautionary landing when we started losing equipment and decided we needed to land immediately.”

The four crew members, who were originally dispatched from the Coast Guard station in Atlantic City, were forced to make an emergency landing at the golf course at around 10:30 a.m. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Here is an silive.com video of the helicopter leaving the course: