A UH-1N Huey helicopter that is assigned to 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews was flying about 1,000 feet above Northern Virginia during a routine training exercise when the aircraft was struck by a bullet fired from the ground. The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing and a regional airport as a result, and one crew member sustained injuries.
What we know:
At 12:20pm on August 12th, a call was made to Manassass Regional Airport to alert officials of an incoming military helicopter and a request for paramedics.
The Washington Field Office for the Federal Bureau of Investigations has confirmed the shooting report and also that special agents as well as the FBI's Evidence Response Team have been sent to Virginia to investigate.
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... Anyone near this area at the time of the incident who may have information please call the FBI at 202-78-2000.
The UH-1N helicopter had departed the base in Maryland and was making its way over Virginia when a bullet shot from the ground made impact. The injuries sustained on an unidentified serviceman were related to shooting and they have been taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Joint Base Andrews is where Air Force helicopters normally take President Donald Trump to board Air Force One and escort the presidential aircraft.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations and local law enforcement agencies are also conducting investigations into the incident.
A statement from Joint Andrews Base:
The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident. 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
No official word on the suspect at this time. Damaging an aircraft in the US comes with a hefty minimum of a 20 year federal prison sentence.
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