Air Force helicopter forced to make emergency landing after being shot at in Virginia

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 12th, 2020 3:39 pm

Last Updated Aug 13th, 2020 at 1:17 pm

A United States Air Force helicopter was shot at Monday while flying over Virginia and was forced to make an emergency landing, military officials told McClatchy.

The UH-1N Huey helicopter assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews was flying approximately 1,000 feet off the ground about 10 miles northwest of Manassas Regional Airport when the attack occurred.

The FBI's Washington Field Office said it "dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team" to the location and is currently investigating the incident.

"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 in a statement.

The Office of Special Investigations said it is "fully engaged with our FBI colleagues," adding that it takes "threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously."

Officials from Joint Base Andrews confirmed that "no further investigative details can be released at this time."


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