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Military helicopter to remain grounded near I-77 after emergency landing

Published: Dec. 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM EST
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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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