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The helicopter fired a bullet as it exited a hangar at Wattisham Flying Station

The helicopter fired a bullet as it exited a hangar at the Wattisham Flying Station

Army investigates after Apache attack helicopter mistakenly opened fire on Suffolk military base

The helicopter fired a bullet as it exited a hangar at the Wattisham Flying Station on Wednesday

The incident occurred after the helicopter malfunctioned during a live fire training exercise and was forced to land at Sculthorpe training field in Norfolk, according to The Sun

The pilots returned to their base in Wattisham, Suffolk, where the helicopter needed repair and the « careless discharge » occurred, the newspaper said

The helicopter had emerged from a hangar – where it had been kept overnight – when it launched a wandering practice round, which has yet to be found

« We are aware of an incident at Wattisham Air Station which is under investigation, » the spokeswoman said

The Apache attack helicopter, flown by the Army Air Corps, is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, 70mm wing-mounted rockets and Hellfire missiles, according to the ministry’s website of Defense

The twin-engine four-blade helicopter is designed for day or night missions and in conditions ranging from desert heat to arctic cold

In May, an Apache helicopter was involved in a near miss with an air ambulance while taking off from Wattisham

The Apache reported that the air ambulance passed about 150 feet (45 m) above it and that both planes were traveling over 100 mph when the incident occurred

A report by the UK Airprox Board estimated the risk of collision to be low « because each commander was visual with the other aircraft »

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Attack helicopter, Boeing AH-64 Apache, helicopter, Suffolk, Wattisham airfield

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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