Chopper makes Monster landing

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter didn’t land outside Monster Park on Tuesday evening for an early tailgate party — the crew just wanted to check under the hood.

According to the pilot, Lt. Pat Geraghty, fault indicator lights came on inside a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, forcing him to land the crew in the stadium parking lot.

“It’s a little more of an exciting [training session] than we’re used to,” Geraghty said.

Nobody was hurt during the landing, but the Dolphin had to be trucked back to its station at San Francisco International Airport for work on the helicopter’s transmission system.

Geraghty said it was the first time in his three-and-a-half-year career that anything like this has happened. As for choosing Monster Park as a landing spot, he said it had nothing to do with team loyalty.

“I’m a Seahawks fan,” he said. “We’re just lucky to land in a place so close to the airport where we’re stationed.”

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