Crew Member Hurt After Military Helicopter Gets Shot Flying Over Virginia
By Bill Galluccio
August 12, 2020
A UH-1N Huey helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after it was shot during a training mission over Virginia on Monday (August 10). The helicopter was about ten miles northwest of Manassas, flying at about 1,000 feet when it came under fire.
The pilots rerouted the chopper and landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport, where paramedics were standing by. One of the pilots was injured and taken to the hospital. The pilot has since been released.
The Office of Special Investigations and FBI Washington Field Office are investigating the incident. They are trying to determine if the helicopter was intentionally targeted or if somebody was randomly firing into the air.
The helicopter is based out of Joint Base Andrews and is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron, which supports the air travel of high-ranking officials, including President Donald Trump.
"The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident. OSI takes 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 US Air Force 316th wing said in a statement.
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