US Black Hawk helicopter plummets from sky and crash lands on street

Moment a US Black Hawk helicopter plummets from the sky, plows through trees and lamp posts and crash lands in a STREET after suffering ‘technical problems’ on training exercise in Romanian capital

  • Video shows the US Black Hawk helicopter suddenly losing altitude in Bucharest 
  • The aircraft dropped down perilously close to a busy road of traffic in the capital
  • Footages shows the helicopter flying low above vehicles on the street before it ploughed through trees and tore down two lamp posts
  • The Black Hawk then landed nearby on a roundabout on Aviatorilor Boulevard

This is the dramatic moment a US Black Hawk helicopter plummeted from the sky before ploughing through trees and lamp posts and crash landing on a street in Bucharest. 

The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of a busy road on Thursday morning after suffering ‘technical problems’ during a training exercise in the Romanian capital. 

 

Video footage shows the helicopter flying as part of a group of six which were rehearsing ahead of events to mark Romanian Air Force day and the end of Romanian military presence in Afghanistan on July 20. 

But the Black Hawk is seen suddenly losing altitude and dropping down perilously close to a busy road of traffic. 


This is the dramatic moment a US Black Hawk helicopter plummeted from the sky before ploughing through trees and lamp posts (left) and crash landing on a roundabout (right) in Bucharest


The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of a busy road on Thursday morning after suffering ‘technical problems’ during a training exercise in the Romanian capital

The helicopter ploughed through trees and tore down two public street lights which ended up damaging two cars

Footage shows the aircraft flying low above vehicles on the street – with one car driving just under the helicopter – before it ploughed through trees and tore down two public street lights which ended up damaging two cars.

At one point, pedestrians walking over a zebra crossing stopped and looked in awe as the helicopter hovered just yards away from them. 

The Black Hawk then landed nearby on a downtown roundabout on Aviatorilor Boulevard by Charles de Gaulle Square which traffic police had cleared. No one was injured in the landing.  

The helicopter had signaled it was having technical difficulties, the authorities said. 

‘We are working with our Romanian partners to resolve the situation and we will provide more information as it becomes available,’ the U.S. embassy said in a statement. 

Military personnel inspect a Black Hawk helicopter at Charles de Gaulle square in Bucharest

The helicopter had signaled it was having technical difficulties, the authorities said

Firefighters and police officers inspect two fallen street lights which damaged two cars

Military prosecutors were at the sight of the emergency landing to investigate why it had happened 

Military prosecutors were at the sight of the emergency landing to investigate why it had happened. Traffic will be restricted until the helicopter is removed from the road. 

The defense ministry has cancelled participation of all aircrafts in the two planned ceremonies, ministry spokesperson Brigadier General Constatin Spinu said. 

‘Both ceremonies will be held but without any participation of military aircrafts,’ Spinu said.  

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, hosts NATO command centres and a U.S. ballistic missile station.

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