Chinook helicopter at RAF Odiham (Picture: RAF Odiham/Twitter).
A Chinook at RAF Odiham (Picture: RAF Odiham/Twitter).
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Strong safety warning from RAF Odiham after person comes dangerously close to Chinook

Chinook helicopter at RAF Odiham (Picture: RAF Odiham/Twitter).
A Chinook at RAF Odiham (Picture: RAF Odiham/Twitter).

RAF Odiham has issued a strong safety warning to members of the public after a person came dangerously close to a Chinook helicopter.

The situation arose when the individual tried to retrieve a personal item that had been dislodged by the downwash from the rotor blades, the Hampshire base said.

In a tweet, RAF Odiham said: "These situations can hamper our operational training objectives, as the crews are reluctant to take off if bystanders are at risk for downwash debris.

"Please be safe when observing our aircraft out and about, and always remain a safe distance away from the landing zone."

RAF Odiham is home to the Royal Air Force's Chinook Force and operates three such squadrons.

In service since 22 November 1980, the Chinook has served everywhere, from Bosnia and Iraq to Afghanistan and Nepal. 

The incredibly versatile helicopter, which can operate from land and sea, has been involved in every major conflict since the Falklands War in 1982.