Chopper Lands In Throop, Causes Commotion

THROOP — People living in one part of Lackawanna County got a bit of a surprise Friday when a helicopter landed in a field near Pearl Street in Throop.

Some neighbors say they watched in surprise as a man got out, walked to a nearby store and came out with soda before taking off again in the chopper.

“I heard this noise and I actually thought something is going to crash into the house. I didn’t know if it was a plane or what it was,” said Julie Nagle of Throop.

“I didn’t know where he came from or who he was or how he knew there was even a market there to go down to,” said Karen Obelinas of Throop.

After the surprise landing, neighbors said they watched in disbelief as a man got out, went into this nearby business and came out with soda.

“The one guy waved. There was some people over there taking pictures and video and they all waved,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Some neighbors said the biggest question they have is if the pilot was allowed to land the helicopter in the field. According to aviation officials, it is a complicated answer, but generally speaking, a pilot should have permission from the landowner.

“My son-in-law and I thought they were going to come out and start taking over, we didn’t know,” said Nagle.

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