Helicopter Incidents News — 01 May 2017

A New York Army National Guard helicopter made an emergency landing shortly after noon at the Chili Country Club.

None of the five crew members on board was hurt.

“They had to make an emergency landing because the windshield was broken,” said Ann Pompa, owner and general manager of the club.

It landed on the ninth hole fairway, said Pompa.

The aircraft, a New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk, based at the aviation facility near Greater Rochester International Airport, was on a routine training flight when the windshield reportedly developed a crack and the windshield anti-icing system started to spark and short out, said Eric Durr, a spokesman for the National Guard.

“It’s like when you or I hear a bump from your car and pull over instead of continuing to drive,” Durr said.

Durr said maintenance crews were en route to the golf course to determine whether the aircraft could be certified to fly back to the aviation facility. Otherwise, it would have to be removed by ground transport.

The helicopter is assigned to Company C of the 171st medical evacuation battalion.

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