Fault grounds RAF helicopter

The RAF Sea King helicopter was grounded in a field at Ulrome Pictured are helicopter engineers Dave Johnson, Jon Watson and Dave Roberts.
The RAF Sea King helicopter was grounded in a field at Ulrome Pictured are helicopter engineers Dave Johnson, Jon Watson and Dave Roberts.

A HELICOPTER was forced to emergency land following a technical problem whilst it was on a training exercise.

On Monday September 3 four crew members of a Sea King Helicopter from RAF Leconfield were completing routine training in Bridlington Bay when the cockpit indicators showed a drop in gear pressure, forcing it to land at 3pm on a grassy cliff top at Ulrome.

At the time there was another helicopter on duty returning from a family day at RAF Scampton, and it was called to aid the grounded craft by transporting engineers out to the site.

Flight lieutenant James Bullock of RAF Leconfield, said: “We did not risk our cover, it was our second aircraft on duty.”

Engineers worked on the helicopter and were able to restore it to working order by around 1pm on Tuesday 4 September.