Military helicopter to remain grounded near I-77 after emergency landing
?A military helicopter made an emergency landing near Hamilton-L.B. Owens Field, according to the Columbia Fire Department.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - At approximately 4:18 p.m. , a UH-60 Black Hawk assigned to the 1-111th General Aviation Support Battalion, S.C. Army National Guard, was on a routine training mission and had to make a precautionary landing near Exit 2, along Interstate 77 in an open field, said Major Cindi King with the SC National Guard.
That landing was due to a "main rotor blade malfunction," according to King.
The three crew members on board are safe, King said.
The crew included the pilot, co-pilot and one pilot as a passenger.
Military officials say the aircraft will remain in the field near I-77 until it is officially released by the Accident Investigation Board.
"Options to safely move the aircraft are being assessed and evaluated," a statement said.
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