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U.S. Black Hawk helicopter makes emergency landing in downtown Bucharest

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A Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the U.S. military made an emergency landing on a Bucharest street on Thursday, tearing down two public street lights and stopping traffic but making no casualties, according to Reuters. 

The helicopter was part of a group of six which were rehearsing ahead of events to mark Romanian Air Force day and the end of Romanian military presence in Afghanistan on July 20-21. Footage from eyewitnesses shows it suddenly losing altitude and flying low above cars until landing nearby in a downtown roundabout which traffic police had cleared.

The traffic police stated that the helicopter signalled it was having technical difficulties.

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, hosts NATO command centres and a U.S. ballistic missile station.

“We are working with our Romanian partners to resolve the situation and we will provide more information as it becomes available,” said the U.S. embassy in a statement.

Military prosecutors were at the site of the landing and investigating the causes. Traffic will be restricted until the helicopter is removed.

“The Ministry of Defence has cancelled participation of all aircrafts in the two planned ceremonies,” Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Constantin Spinu told Reuters.

“Both ceremonies will be held but without any participation of military aircrafts,” added Spinu.