The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has confirmed that one of its helicopters was forced to make an emergency landing last night (12th November).
Whilst deployed on service, the aircraft experienced an engine failure which forced the pilot to declare a Mayday.
The aircraft landed safely at The City of Derry Airport. There were no injuries.
Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Air Support Unit, said:
“An aircraft from the Air Support Unit made an emergency landing last night (Thursday 12th) at The City of Derry Airport after experiencing engine failure while supporting District Policing colleagues who were dealing with a security alert in Limavady, which was later declared an elaborate hoax.
“The pilot and crew landed the plane safely without damage being caused, and no injuries were sustained by those on board.
“The matter has now been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and we are fully cooperating with them as they work to establish the circumstances surrounding the engine failure.”
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