British military chopper makes emergency landing in West Bank

Israeli troops securing scene of landing in Jordan Valley; IDF spokeswoman denies report chopper landed in minefield.

December 8, 2013 19:35
A Black Hawk helicopter (file).

A Black Hawk helicopter 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

JERUSALEM - A British military helicopter made an emergency landing on Sunday in the West Bank because of a "technical malfunction," an IDF spokeswoman said.

There were no casualties in the incident on Sunday afternoon and IDF soldiers were "securing the scene," she added.

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Sky news website said the RAF helicopter had been en route from the Jordanian capital Amman to Cyprus when it was forced to land by engine failure.

The British Ministry of Defense described the landing as "precautionary" rather than an "emergency" but declined to elaborate.

The spokeswoman denied Sky's further report that the aircraft had landed in an Israeli minefield, but would not say exactly where it touched ground.

"It made an emergency landing in the Jordan Valley as a result of technical malfunction," the spokeswoman said.

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