Gov. Cuomo’s helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at Stewart International Airport after the cockpit filled with smoke on his way back to New York City from his last of six State of the State speeches.
The emergency landing occurred just before 4 p.m., when the cabin smelled like smoke and the pilot brought the chopper down safely in Orange County.
“The cause of the issue is being investigated and the helicopter is currently undergoing maintenance,” said James Allen, communications director for the governor.
“No one was injured and everyone has been safely transported back to the city.”
Cuomo has been trying to purchase a new state police helicopter to replace one that crashed several years ago. He has said the state police fleet, which he also uses to travel around the state, is aging.
State Controller Thomas DiNapoli had blocked the purchase of the used helicopter, saying he had questions about whether it was suitable for all state police missions.
DiNapoli questioned the purchase because the aircraft was outfitted with a deluxe VIP interior that included a leather removable bench.
DiNapoli’s office said at the time that he would approve the purchase if Cuomo’s office made a better case about why it was needed.
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