Royal Air Force helicopter catches fire after "precautionary" landing

A British Royal Air Force helicopter caught fire Tuesday after a technical issue forced a landing in the mountainous Welsh region of Snowdonia.

The fire erupted after all four people on board had safely exited the aircraft, a British Ministry of Defence spokesperson said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Emergency services were on the scene, and photos on social media appeared to show a plume of smoke rising from a Snowdonia peak.

The helicopter's descent was a "precautionary landing," according to the spokesperson.

Last update: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 16:45
Author: 

View the discussion thread.

More from Europe

'Many dead' in hotel after avalanche in Italy quake zone

Some 30 people are trapped and many feared dead in a mountain resort hotel that was buried by what rescuers...

One dead after central Italy hit by series of quakes

One person was killed on Wednesday when a building collapsed during four powerful quakes that shook central Italy on...

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after...

Merkel pledges to hold Europe together after Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Wednesday to hold the European Union together after Britain's planned...

Slovenia looks to capitalize on its connection to Melania Trump

As Donald Trump campaigned for the Oval Office, his Slovenian-born wife Melania did not receive much love and...