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On August 16, 2012, at 0150 eastern daylight time, an MD Helicopters Inc 369E, N551CP, impacted terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while leveling off from a climb at 1,500 feet.
The certificated commercial pilot and an observer, who was a commercial pilot, were uninjured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom and the main rotor. The helicopter was registered to the City of Columbus and operated by the Columbus Police Department under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial observation flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that was originating from the Columbus Police Heliport (OH52), Columbus, Ohio.