Helicopter Incidents News — 28 July 2017

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter executed an emergency landing in Austria after sustaining damage to the aircraft’s tail, Austrian media reports said.

About 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, the Black Hawk, which was returning from an exercise in Hungary, apparently struck treetops while flying low through central Austria.

It was forced to land in a field near the town of Mautern, Austrian defense officials told local media.

There were no reports of injuries to the seven crew members, who spent the night at an Austrian army base in Mautern.

U.S. Army Europe has been conducting drills in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria as part of its Saber Guardian exercise, with some troops and aircraft transiting through Austria.

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