Sea King helicopter towed down street after emergency landing

Sea King helicopter towed down street after emergency landing

Commuters stuck in traffic in Eastern Passage, N.S., last evening may have been surprised to see a Canadian Sea King helicopter was the cause of the backlog. 

The helicopter made an emergency landing in a field near the small Nova Scotia community before being towed down a street, causing some traffic headaches during rush hour.

"It's in fine shape. It just looked like it may have had a little bit of fire damage," said Naomi Robinson, who lives nearby. 

Air Force spokesman Alexandre Cadieux says the six-person crew was returning from a training flight when it had an in-flight emergency.

A sensor in the gear box detected an anomaly. The crew landed at the helipad at Hartland Point Golf Course and the chopper was then towed to 12 Wing Shearwater.

No one was injured.

The military's fleet of Sea Kings is now 50 years old.

The plan to replace the choppers — which fly from the decks of Canadian warships — is years behind schedule, at least $200 million over budget and beset with technical glitches.

The government announced this summer it had finally signed a renegotiated contract with helicopter-maker Sikorsky for 28 new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters at a cost of $7.6 billion.