Apache chopper gets stuck in bog for two days after being forced to land in the storm – The Sun
AN Apache chopper was stuck in a bog for two days after it had to land in last week’s storms.
The £40million war machine – famous for doing battle in the middle east and Balkans – was forced to land in a farmer’s field in Lincolnshire because of high winds.
Engineers were dispatched to bring the armed gunship back to its base – but were stunned when they realised it had sunk into the mud of the crop field.
A team of servicemen were needed to secure the hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun then dig the chopper out of the bog by hand with spades.
In total it took a crane, two Land Rovers and 13 troops with spades to free it at Helpringham, Lincs.
On Tuesday 3 Regiment tweeted that getting the Apache out of a damp field requires some engineering ingenuity and “some work with a spade.”
They added: “Rigging an aircraft for a road move on unstable ground is not easy. It has to be stripped to fit on a specialist trailer and then winched onto mats.
“It should be on its way home soon and the farmer can have the field back!”
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