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Troops guard army Apache helicopter which landed in field

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Troops have spent the night guarding an army attack helicopter which landed in an Aberdeenshire field following a suspected mechanical failure.

The pilot of the army Apache aircraft took the decision to land in Maryculter on Monday.

The Ministry of Defence said it was a "precaution". The two people on board the helicopter escaped injury.

The MoD said the Apache could remain there for some time. An engine change is expected to take place on site.

The Apache had been taking part in Nato's Operation Joint Warrior training exercise.

A twin-rotor Chinook arrived at the scene of the emergency landing on Monday evening.

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