RAF chopper makes forced landing in W.Bank. No casualties

A British military helicopter made a forced landing in the West Bank on Sunday with no casualties, the Israeli military said, denying reports it landed in an Israeli minefield.

"A helicopter of the British Royal Air Force made an emergency landing in the Jordan Valley due to a technical fault," a spokeswoman told AFP.

"It did not land in a minefield," she added.

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Israeli military sources added that the aircraft had been en route from Amman, Jordan, to Cyprus when it landed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank close to the Jordanian border.

Israeli military personnel were helping the British crew carry out repairs and it was expected to continue its flight, the sources said.

In London, a ministry of defence statement confirmed the incident.

"An RAF helicopter has made a precautionary landing in the West Bank in the course of a flight following a routine exercise. The crew are safe and well," it said.

by Mynardo MACARAIG © 2013 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Dec 8, 2013