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Army helicopter forced to land in Nantou Stadium

2015/05/27 15:41:32

(From local resident)

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) An Army Aviation Special Forces Command OH-58D reconnaissance helicopter was forced to land in a stadium in central Taiwan on Wednesday after suspected mechanical failure, the Army said Wednesday.

Both the pilot and the helicopter were safe.

The chopper was returning to its base in Taichung after completing a routine training mission when warning signals showed up on its instrument panel.

The Army Command Headquarters said the pilot followed standard operating procedures and landed the helicopter in Nantou County Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

A repair team has traveled to Nantou to look into what caused the warning signals, and the Army said the pilot and the chopper will only be returned to the base once the safety of the helicopter is assured.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)