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April Fools? Nope. Helicopter with engine trouble, again

In March 1989 a military helicopter out of Scott Air Force Base developed engine trouble and landed in a farmer’s field near Mascoutah.

So on April 1, 1989, was word of another being forced to land in Fairview Heights just an April Fool’s prank? No, and we took the photos to prove it.

Coincidence and a transmission trouble warning light brought the UH-60 and its three-man crew down about 1:30 p.m. on that Saturday in a field off Bunkum Road near Highland Drive in Fairview Heights. The helicopter was flying out of Scott Air Force Base and was from the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Army Reserve.

The crew was not injured and the helicopter was undamaged, so local folks gathered to check out the sight. After several hours, the crew was able to resolve the issue and give their audience a thrill when they took off to return to Scott.

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