ZA679 STUCK IN MUD Jan 8, 2021 19:49:32 GMT
Post by Admin (Annette Andria) on Jan 8, 2021 19:49:32 GMT
Type: Silhouette image of generic H47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing Chinook HC6A (CH-47F)
Owner/operator: 28 Squadron Royal Air Force (28 Sqn RAF)
C/n / msn: MA010/M7014
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities: 0
Aircraft damage: None
Location: Wantage, Oxfordshire, England - United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Destination airport: Benson RAF Station (BEX/EGUB)
A RAF Boeing Chinook HC6A helicopter, operated by 28 Squadron, made an emergency landing in a field in the area of Wantage, Oxfordshire, after a technical malfunction. There were no personal injuries but the wheels of the helicopter sank a little in the soft ground. According to an official posting/press release on Facebook from RAF Benson:
"On Tuesday, a Chinook from 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson made a precautionary landing in a field near Wantage following a mechanical issue. Unfortunately, the aircraft soon sank into the field, likely due to the extended period of wet weather that we’ve been experiencing recently.
Our engineers deployed to the site to assess the mechanical issue and this has now been fixed; however, the extremely soft ground has made the recovery of the Chinook to RAF Benson very difficult. A tri-Service team of specialists is working hard to safely extract the aircraft from the mud. While it was hoped that it could simply be dug out and then flown home, the risk of damage to the aircraft from this course of action has been assessed as significant and alternative options are being explored, including potentially lifting it from the mud with a crane. We hope to have the aircraft home by the end of the week.
We are extremely thankful to the landowners for their understanding and support during this work, particularly the kindness they’ve shown to our team guarding the aircraft during some very cold nights".