Helicopter lands hard on side of hill; FAA investigating

U.S. & World

A helicopter pilot was forced to make a rough landing at a ski resort in New Mexico.

No injuries were reported, but things could have been worse.

Pete Hildebrand says the plan was to go zip lining at Ski Apache. But instead, he ended up filming a helicopter trying to land on the top of the hill. 

The helicopter hit the hill hard and bounces up and starts sliding down the hill.

Hildebrand said everyone just froze and did not know what was going to happen next.

“I thought that helicopter was going to tip over and hit the rotors and we were all going to have to duck, Hildebrand said.

Fortunately, the chopper did not roll over.

But Hildebrand said it was too damaged to take back off.

FAA investigators are still looking into what caused the chopper to land the way it did.

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