AN Air Force helicopter was shot at while flying above Virginia on Monday in a harrowing incident that left a crewman injured and required the chopper to make an emergency landing.

The FBI is now investigating the incident involving the UH-1N Huey helicopter, which was assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.


The UH-1N Huey helicopter involved in the incident was assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base AndrewsCredit: Getty Images

The FBI “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” The FBI Washington Field Office told McClatchy.

Officials at Manassas Regional Airport said they received a call at 12:20pm altering them that a military helicopter was inbound and that paramedics were on the way.

The injured crew member was taken treated at a hospital and released.

The helicopter remained at the airport as an investigation was launched into the shooting incident.

According to the agency, the injured crew member sustained non-threatening injuries.

“The FBI Washington Field Office is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the FBI told the outlet.

“The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident,” Joint Base Andrews told the outlet.

“OSI take threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further investigative details can be released at the moment.”

Joint Base Andrews is home to Air Force helicopters, fighter squadrons and the presidential aircraft Air Force One.


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