US military helicopter forced to make 'precautionary landing' at park on base in South Korea
July 2, 2020
SEOUL, South Korea — A U.S. military helicopter was forced to make a “precautionary landing” on Thursday shortly after takeoff from Yongsan Garrison, U.S. Forces Korea said.
No injuries were reported to those onboard the UH-60 Black Hawk or civilians near the landing site, according to a press release.
The helicopter landed in an empty field near a parking lot in a riverside park near the base. The field was cordoned off and guarded by military police and South Korean police hours after the incident, which South Korean officials said occurred at about 4 p.m.
A fire official who spoke on condition of anonymity said five fire trucks responded to the incident but left after about 50 minutes since there was very little damage. He said a tent and a television satellite were knocked over by the wind.
Recovery operations were underway, U.S. Forces Korea said, adding that the cause was under investigation.
“USFK and local authorities will assess any potential damage that may have occurred during the precautionary landing,” it said.