The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that a UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter with the National Guard was forced to make an emergency landing in a sod farm in Miller Place at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
The pilot and the co-pilot were the only ones on board the helicopter when an access hatch towards the front of the aircraft came loose and struck the windshield. The windshield was cracked during the incident, forcing them to make the emergency landing in an empty field. The field is part of DeLea Sod Farm off of Miller Place-Yaphank Road.
Nobody was injured, and it took crews about two hours to repair the helicopter before it was able to take off again and return safely to MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.
The helicopter was on a post-maintenance test flight out of MacArthur.