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National Guard Helicopter Lands Near Farmers Market

Posted August 4, 2007
Updated August 5, 2007

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— A National Guard helicopter made a precautionary landing near the State Farmers' Market in Raleigh early Saturday afternoon.

No one in the helicopter or on the ground was injured in the landing, according to a spokeswoman with Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

An Apache helicopter took off from RDU on a routine weekend training flight, said Maj. Matt Handley with the North Carolina National Guard.

Warning lights came on, and the crew decided to land, Handley said.

The helicopter crew made a safe landing in a large field on the Dorothea Dix Hospital property, about 200 yards from the market.

The incident is classified as a precautionary, not an emergency landing, Handley said.

The pilot and co-pilot were the only ones on board, Handley said.


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  • DayumKrazy1 Aug 5, 2007

    I am glad they landed safely, we get enough bad news without losing more of our troops to unexplained accidents.

  • shine Aug 5, 2007

    There is not alot of room up there when something goes wrong. I know it is easy to sit down here unless you are up there... Its better to put something down rather than crash it through a neighborhood. - I am glad these guys got it on the ground rather than out thinking the gauges. You never should out think those - they are there for a reason.

  • ghimmy47 Aug 5, 2007

    Aw that's not entirely fair. I should say the spelling, grammar and repeated sentences have disappeared. Awhile back I was ashamed of this site. It's a world better than it was. Way to go!

  • ghimmy47 Aug 5, 2007

    Apparently, WRAL reporters can't take the time to fill the tiny gaps in their knowledge by doing a search on Apache or AH-64. Busy people.

  • computer trainer Aug 5, 2007

    Was that a warning from the wifey that he had to make reservations for dinner?

    Glad that they are ok.

  • oldrebel Aug 4, 2007

    Fast Food.

  • scorekeep Aug 4, 2007

    Agree with smcallah-Brillliant reporting, letting us know how many people are on a two-seater. Just dropped in to get some fixins' for supper.

  • Nancy Aug 4, 2007

    A couple years ago a blackhawk made an emergency landing in a farmer's field just outside our subdivision. Lost oil pressure, put it down fast. They bunked there in the field for the weekend while they waited for parts and repaired it there. My son went over there several times and hung out with them and talked with them. They were awesome, taking the time to talk with adults and kids who came with adults to see it up close.

  • just my2cents Aug 4, 2007

    My son is in the Guard, and he is an Apache Helicopter Mechanic, so I am sure I will hear all about this when he gets home from drill tomorrow! Glad all went well and they landed without problem.

  • djofraleigh Aug 4, 2007

    So, what was the problem and how long before it flew out? I like happy endings.