Thursday, August 30, 2012

UH-60 Black Hawk: Virginia Army National Guard helicopter makes precautionary landing

Photo Credit: Virginia State Police 

 Photo Credit: Virginia State Police

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A military helicopter had to make an emergency landing Thursday afternoon in a Hanover County cornfield, according to Hanover Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Whitley. Whitley said he believed the helicopter suffered some sort of mechanical failure. He said Hanover Fire and EMS received the call around 12:25 p.m. No injuries were reported. The military is investigating the failure, Whitley said.

 CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett is on scene and filed this report.

 HANOVER, Va. (AP) — No one was injured when a Virginia Army National Guard helicopter was forced to land in a Hanover County cornfield. 

 Officials say the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from nearby Sandston made a precautionary landing around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Virginia Guard spokesman Cotton Puryear told WWBT-TV ( ) that three soldiers were conducting a routine training mission when they were forced to land.

Sensors on the helicopter alerted the crew that they needed to land. The soldiers brought the helicopter down safely under its own power. Mechanics are inspecting the aircraft.

The helicopter is from the Guard's 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command.

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