Polish crew uninjured in Italy helicopter fire
PR dla Zagranicy
The crew of a Polish helicopter which burst into flames after an emergency landing near Padua, northern Italy, safely escaped before the fire erupted, the Italian Air Force has said.
The Polish helicopter caught fire in northern Italy. Photo: Twitter.com/@SUEM_Veneto
A Polish Air Force chopper that was taking part in international training exercises landed in a field some 20km out of Padua.
The five Poles and one Frenchman on board the Polish-manufactured S-3 Sokół (Falcon) were training in personnel rescue.
The head of Italy's defence force has decided to ground all S-3 choppers.
Four Polish military choppers, two S-3s and two Mi-24s, were taking part in the exercises.
“The helicopter pilot followed procedure and safely landed ... The crew got out. Nothing happened to anyone,” a Polish military spokesman has said.
“After landing, the crew noticed a fire,” he added.