Army helicopter makes emergency landing in Suffolk

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Media captionThe Apache aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after bringing down power lines

An army helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after hitting power lines in Suffolk.

The Ministry of Defence said the helicopter, with two crew, had to land at about 22:20 GMT on Tuesday, near Alton Water south of Ipswich.

The Apache aircraft, from Wattisham Airfield where Prince Harry is based, came down near Tattingstone but no-one was injured, an MoD spokesman said.

UK Power Networks said 43 homes were still without power on Wednesday.

Engineers are working to restore supplies.

'Precautionary landing'

More than 300 homes and businesses in Suffolk and north Essex lost electricity supplies after the incident. UK Power Networks said most were restored by midnight.

The helicopter is still in place where it was forced to land.

An MoD spokesman said: "We can confirm that an Apache made a controlled precautionary landing in a field near Ipswich after a wire strike at approximately 22:20 GMT on Tuesday. Both crew were uninjured.

"Captain Wales (the name Prince Harry uses) was not aboard."

The spokesman said it might release details of plans later, for removal of the aircraft.

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