A United States Air Force helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after it was shot at.
The aircraft, a UH-1N Huey from the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, was flying over Virginia on a routine training mission on Monday when gunfire came from the ground.
The helicopter, cruising at an altitude of 1,000 feet, was hit and a crew member, believed to be the pilot, was injured.
It landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport and the pilot was taken to hospital where he was treated and later released.
“A UH-1N Huey helicopter assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews conducted an emergency landing at 12:43 pm on August 10th in Manassas, Va during a routine training mission,” the US Air Force 316th wing said in a statement.
“The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident. OSI take threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, no further investigative details can be released at this time.”
The FBI is now investigating the incident to determine whether the helicopter was targeted or if it strayed into the path of someone randomly shooting at the sky.
The bureau has “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.
“WFO is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the FBI said.
“One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital.”
Source Daily Star – World News