U.S. Black Hawk helicopter makes emergency landing in downtown Bucharest

BUCHAREST, July 15 (Reuters) – A Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the U.S. military made an emergency landing on a Bucharest street on Thursday, tearing down two public street lights and stopping traffic but making no casualties.

The helicopter was part of a group of six which were rehearsing ahead of events to mark Romanian Air Force day and the end of Romanian military presence in Afghanistan on July 20-21. Footage from eyewitnesses show it suddenly losing altitude and flying low above cars until landing nearby in a downtown roundabout which traffic police had cleared.

The helicopter signalled it was having technical difficulties, traffic police said.

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, hosts NATO command centres and a U.S. ballistic missile station.

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