US Black Hawk helicopter makes emergency landing in Austria

A U.S. military UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter with seven people on board had to make an emergency landing west of Vienna about 2:15 p.m. on Thursday after it flew too low during a storm and scraped against tree branches, Local media reported citing Austrian defense officials.


The military chopper was forced to land in a field near the town of Mautern, Austrian defense officials told local media. There were no reports of injuries to the seven crew members, who spent the night at an Austrian army base in Mautern.

U.S. Army Europe has been conducting drills in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria as part of its Saber Guardian exercise, with some troops and aircraft transiting through Austria.

Austrian Col. Michael Bauer says the chopper was to be repaired Friday by U.S. technicians, a day after landing in a field. Bauer says the Blackhawk was returning to Germany from NATO exercises in Hungary when the crew asked Austrian authorities for permission to land after the branches damaged the cockpit and the tail.

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