A South Carolina Army National Guard helicopter on a routine training mission landed in an open field off I-77 around 4:18 p.m. Wednesday in what is being called a “precautionary landing.”
The UH-60 Black Hawk chopper is assigned to the 1-111th General Aviation Support Battalion, Maj. Cindi King of the S.C. National Guard said.
The three crew members on board at the time of the landing are safe, she said.
The field is just off Bluff Road, near Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.
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Emergency crews from Cayce were dispatched to the scene, said Lt. Jeff Simmons of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. Cayce annexed that portion of Richland County south of downtown Columbia several years ago.
The cause of the emergency landing is under investigation, King said.
The field is not far from the Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport, Columbia’s municipal airport near the Rosewood neighborhood.