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Helicopter emergency landing

A BRITISH military Chinook helicopter made an emergency landing in Akamas, Paphos, on Saturday.

The helicopter, carrying ten personnel, had taken off from the British base at Akrotiri and was headed to Athens.

But shortly after take-off a mechanical fault was identified, prompting the crew to safely land in a private plot in the Akamas area, while police and the fire brigade were notified and arrived at the scene.

A second helicopter, also a Chinook, escorted the first one until it landed and resumed its voyage.

Arrangements were made for engineers to be transported from the British bases to the landing spot in order to fix the helicopter.

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