No, this is not from The Onion. Bloomberg reports that six U.S. army helicopters landed in a rapeseed field in northern Poland to ask for directions after veering off course on their way back from military exercises. Locals were alarmed and explained, "we know that security is the most important thing right now... But thank God it was the Americans." We wonder how long before Sikorski proclaims this an invasion and demands NATO react...
Five Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and one tandem-rotor Boeing Co. Chinook chopper touched down near the village of Gruta, 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Warsaw at about noon yesterday, according to local eyewitnesses. Some residents were at first spooked at the sight of the aircraft, Halina Kowalkowska, the village’s head, said by phone.
“We know that security is the most important thing right now,” Kowalkowska said. “But thank God it was the Americans.”
“The Americans came over and asked where they landed,” Waldemar Krukowski, a local resident, told TVN24 television. “They wanted to know the name of the village.”
Residents brought in leaflets in English about their village and handed them to soldiers, according to Kowalkowska.
“It was a heavy, thick fog and you could barely see anything, so the boys had to land,” she said. “I’m still shaking after a sleepless night.”
Twelve aircraft in total made an unscheduled landing on their way from Lithuania yesterday and the day before in what’s a “standard procedure” in poor visibility, according to army officials.
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US Black Hawk`s & Chinook land in Polish fields in village of Gruta do bad weather & took photos with the locals :) pic.twitter.com/qbPrPK03IE— Michael (@IVIich4eL) September 10, 2014
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One can only imagine the global uproar and sanction-fest if a Russian aircraft landed in Poland, accidentally?