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Three Traffic Aircraft Forced Down

April 18, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two helicopters and an airplane that were flying to observe rush-hour traffic were forced to make emergency landings Friday morning, with one of the choppers ditching in a river.

No one was injured in the unrelated incidents.

A traffic helicopter for New York radio stations WNBC and WYNY-FM went down in the Hackensack River shortly after taking off from Ridgefield Park, N.J.

Police commandeered a boat and pulled pilot Robert Arbanes and traffic reporter Jane Dornaker from the water next to the helicopter, which was sinking, said Officer Eugene Hammond.

A helicopter for radio WALK of Patchogue landed on a median strip in Holtsville because of indications of a mechanical problem, said WALK news director Frank Brinka.

A traffic airplane flying for White Plains radio station WFAS made an emergency landing at Westchester County airport when its engine started to sputter, said WFAS newsman Dave Wolf.

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