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Elderly Hikers Found Safe After Copter's Emergency Alpine Lookout Landing

EMS workers were checking out the couple.
EMS workers were checking out the couple. Photo Credit: COURTESY: PIP Police Department
No one was injured, authorities said.
No one was injured, authorities said. Photo Credit: COURTESY: PIP Police Department

ALPINE, N.J. -- (UPDATE) An elderly Harrington Park couple who'd gone missing while hiking along the Palisades overnight were found Thursday, hours after a Westchester County police helicopter with a smoke condition in the cockpit made an emergency landing at the Alpine Lookout.

The pair, both 75, were being evaluated by EMS professionals, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola said just after 1 p.m.

No one was injured earlier when a Westchester County police chopper, forced to make an emergency landing, skidded 30 feet to a stop in the lookout parking lot just before 10:30 a.m., the chief said.

Local firefighters tended to the Bell 407 and found no active fire, he said.

Responders also flocked to the Palisades to assist in the search for the missing couple.

The Westchester department's Aviation Unit had been searching for them in a large wooded area near the lookout in Palisades Interstate Park when the craft ran into trouble, Coppola said.

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