Firefighters and law enforcement officials examine two fallen avenue lights following an emergency touchdown of US navy Black Hawk helicopter, Romania, July 15, 2021. Inquam Photographs/Octav Ganea through REUTERS
July 15, 2021
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – A Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the U.S. navy made an emergency touchdown on a Bucharest avenue on Thursday, tearing down two public avenue lights and stopping visitors however making no casualties.
The helicopter was a part of a gaggle of six which have been rehearsing forward of occasions to mark Romanian Air Power day and the tip of Romanian navy presence in Afghanistan on July 20-21. Footage from eyewitnesses present it immediately shedding altitude and flying low above vehicles till touchdown close by in a downtown roundabout which visitors police had cleared.
The helicopter signalled it was having technical difficulties, visitors police mentioned.
Romania, a NATO member since 2004, hosts NATO command centres and a U.S. ballistic missile station.
“We’re working with our Romanian companions to resolve the state of affairs and we’ll present extra info because it turns into out there,” the U.S. embassy mentioned in a press release.
Army prosecutors have been on the web site of the touchdown and investigating the causes. Site visitors can be restricted till the helicopter is eliminated.
The protection ministry has cancelled participation of all aircrafts within the two deliberate ceremonies, ministry spokesman Brigadier Normal Constantin Spinu advised Reuters.
“Each ceremonies can be held however with none participation of navy aircrafts,” Spinu mentioned.
(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky)