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  • 8 December 2013, 16:32

RAF Helicopter Forced To Land Near Minefield

An RAF Chinook helicopter has been forced to land near an Israeli minefield after engine failure, Sky sources say.

Sources said the aircraft was flying from Amman in Jordan to Cyprus and was forced to landclose to the West Bank town of Jericho.

There were no reported casualties.

Sky's Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley said: "It appears this Chinook has had a really lucky escape."

Jericho islocated near the Jordan River in the West Bank. It has been held under Israeli occupation since 1967.

Administrative control was handed over to the Palestinian Authority in 1994.