Gov't helicopter lands on Va. golf course

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA9) -- A helicopter that usually transports congressmen made a precautionary emergency landing on a Virginia golf course on Wednesday morning.

The Sky 9 helicopter was used to locate the government helicopter at the request of Potomac approach. The chopper with the call sign "muscle" was found at Burke Lake Golf Course. We are told that the helicopter landed safely.

Chief of Public Affairs at Andrews Air Force Base Eric Sharman says the helicopter took off from Andrews Air Force Base around 6:30 a.m. and made a precautionary landing due to a check engine light.

We're told the transmission chip light indicated a small fragment of metal in the transmission, prompting the landing just before 7 a.m.

There were eight people on board, including the flight crew. Wally Roberts, who works at the golf course, says the people on board were mostly colonels who were on their way to a training facility in West Virginia. Another helicopter arrived to continue the transport.

We do not know at this point whether any congressmen were on board the aircraft.


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