US Air Force helicopter forced to make emergency landing in Virginia after it was shot and a crew member was injured

U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jessica CicchettoA UH-1 Huey from the 1st Helicopter Squadron prepares to land.
  • A US Air Force helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Virginia on Monday after it was shot from the ground.
  • The aircraft landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport, but one crew member who was injured had to be taken to the hospital.
  • The FBI is investigating the incident.
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A US Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Virginia on Monday after it was shot and one of the crew members was injured, McClatchy first reported, citing local and military officials as well as law enforcement.

Manassas Regional Airport received a call about noon on Monday saying that a military helicopter was coming in and paramedics were en route, an airport operations officer told the outlet.

The UH-1N Huey helicopter assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland was conducting a routine training flight when it was shot, forcing it to land at the airport. The aircraft landed safely at 12:43 p.m. on Monday, according to the 316th Wing Public Affairs at Joint Base Andrews.

The FBI is investigating the incident.

“On Monday, August 10, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO) 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 said in a statement.

“One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital,” the bureau added.

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