An Air Force helicopter was damaged and forced into an emergency landing in Virginia on Monday.
The incident resulted in injuries to an aircrew member and the FBI has opened an investigation.
The UH-1N Huey helicopter -assigned to the US Air Force’s 1st Helicopter Squadron- was conducting a routine training flight around 1,000 feet above the ground when it was shot at.
It immediately landed at a nearby airport Manassas, Virginia, accorind to a US Air Force spokesperson.
The FBI “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’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.
“The FBI Washington Field Office is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital,” the FBI said.
According to Joint Base Andrews, “Joint Base Andrews is assisting the FBI for the investigation. OSI take 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 1st Helicopter Squadron’s primary mission is to be prepared to evacuate high-ranking personnel from the Capital area in the event of a national emergency.
It also supports Washington D.C. area airlift for high-ranking Executive Branch, dignitaries, military leaders and other VIPs.
The squadron also supports search and rescue missions.
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