Press Release - Statement regarding precautionary helicopter landing in Bucharest

July 15, 2021

WIESBADEN, Germany —

On July 15, 2021, around 10:00 a.m. (local), a UH-60 Blackhawk from 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, conducted a precautionary landing in Charles de Gaulle Square, Bucharest, Romania. They were executing rehearsals for Romanian Air Force Day.

Due to the expertise of the crew, and the Romanian police officers on the ground, the helicopter landed safely. No injuries have been reported.

The site has been secured by local police authorities and the aircraft has been temporarily moved to the side of the roundabout to allow for traffic to continue to flow. The United States is coordinating with the Romanian Air Force and local authorities to remove the helicopter from the traffic circle.

A joint Romanian/U.S. investigation is underway.

The unit is forward deployed from Illesheim, Germany, as part of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade rotation and operating in support of Atlantic Resolve. Atlantic Resolve rotational units conduct bilateral, joint and multinational training events in Slovakia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The training focuses on strengthening bonds between allies and partners, increasing interoperability and building readiness.

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