VIDEO: Reader captures moment Apache helicopter hit power lines near Haverhill

An Apache helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after striking a power line near Haverhill.

And reader Chris Vince, who was working at Cock Hill at the time, was on hand to capture the moment the aircraft got into trouble.

An Apache helicopter

An Apache helicopter

The Apache from Wattisham Flying Station was on a routine training flight when it hit the overhead line on Tuesday at 12.40pm.

It affected the electricity supplies of more than 100 residents in the area.

An Army spokesman said: “An Apache made a controlled, precautionary landing at Hundon Grange near Haverhill after a wire strike at approximately 12.40pm on Tuesday, January 19.

“Both crew were uninjured and were on a routine training sortie that originated from Wattisham Flying Station. As with all incidents involving military aircraft there will be a thorough investigation.”

A spokesman for UK Power Networks added: “We worked as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power supplies to 36 customers after an overhead line was damaged by an aircraft at 12.25pm on Tuesday near the village of Kedington.

“Originally 115 customers experienced an interruption to their electricity supplies but 31 had their power restored at 1.26pm and a further 48 were back on supply by 3pm.”