Air Force helicopter made emergency landing after being hit by bullet over Virginia

Source: Politico | August 12, 2020 | Max Cohen

The FBI is investigating the incident.

An Air Force helicopter on Monday was damaged and forced into an emergency landing in Virginia, resulting in injuries to an aircrew member and prompting an FBI investigation.

“Initial findings are that the helicopter was struck by a bullet resulting in a minor injury to an aircrew member and damage to the aircraft,” an Air Force spokesperson said in a statement to POLITICO. “The aircraft safely landed and the incident is currently under investigation.”

The news of the incident was first reported by McClatchy.

The affected aircraft was a UH-1N Huey helicopter flying at about 1,000 feet outside of Middleburg, Va., during a routine training mission, the Air Force said. The helicopter, assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron stationed at Joint Base Andrews, landed at 12:43 p.m. in nearby Manassas, Va.

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