City of Cleveland statement:

At 12:58pm a privately charted helicopter experienced an equipment malfunction during flight.

The pilot of the helicopter maintained control of the aircraft and successfully landed the aircraft without sustaining any injuries at the western end of the Burke Lakefront Airport airfield, an area specifically used for the launching and landing of helicopters.

The landing of the aircraft posed no threat to the airport or any activities related to the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank. The helicopter landed approximately one half mile from the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland racetrack. There was no interruption of activities related to the race.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and all protocols and procedures have been initiated successfully.

Khalid T. Bahhur, Commissioner
City of Cleveland
Burke Lakefront Airport