Military aircraft makes precautionary landing in Wyoming County

NORTH JAVA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A New York Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter made a precautionary landing in Wyoming County Friday after an odor and smoke was reported in the cockpit.

The helicopter is based out of Rochester and was performing a routine training.

Two two man crew on board immediately followed emergency procedures and made a precautionary landing in a field in North Java near Pleasant Valley Road and Peedee Road.

The New York Army National Guard launched a maintenance team to assist the crew. Officials told News 4 the maintenance team discovered there was a short circuit in the windshield wiper motor that caused the smell.

Crews isolated the circuit on the aircraft and both choppers headed back to their facility in Rochester.

“Well obviously maintenance issues with an aircraft is not a commonplace occurrence. Most of the issues that we have with aircraft would be routine and noticed while it’s stationed at its hanger back in Rochester, but there are opportunities where something might come up during training flight and the crew takes the appropriate actions specified by the operations manual,” said Col. Richard Goldenberg, NY Army National Guard.

No one was hurt during the incident.

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