REDDING - A private helicopter en route to Long Island from Kingston, N.Y. made an emergency landing in Redding yesterday afternoon after an equipment failure, police say.

David Streit, who lives near the area where the helicopter came down, praised the pilot for his quick thinking and skill in landing the helicopter safely.

"The pilot did a fabulous job of putting it down safely and I commend him for that," Streit says.

Redding police say the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.