USFK copter makes precautionary landing in field
SEOUL — A U.S. helicopter was forced to make a precautionary landing in a field about 240 miles south of Seoul on Tuesday night, officials confirmed Wednesday. There were no injuries or reported damage to the area where a 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment CH-47 Chinook landed in Gokseong at about 9:30 p.m., U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Lt. Col. B.J. Bailey said.
Bailey said the pilot made the decision to land after getting “a technical indicator that something was wrong.”
The protocol is to land “immediately and as safely as you can,” Bailey said.
The helicopter was repaired and returned to Camp Humphreys early Wednesday morning, Bailey confirmed.
“Every precaution is taken before conducting aerial flight,” according to a USFK statement released Wednesday. “… This precautionary landing was unusual.”
The 50-foot-long, two-rotor helicopter is designed to move personnel, cargo and weapons in a variety of conditions.