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Defence helicopter crashes into cruise ship on Sydney Harbour, forcing it to land in Watson’s Bay

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A special forces helicopter has clipped a cruise ship on Sydney Harbour during a drill and dramatic footage has shown the moment it makes impact.  

The Black Hawk helicopter hit the cruise ship at around 2pm on Thursday, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a public park in the posh Sydney suburb Watson’s Bay.

Two aircraft’s were participating in an anti-terrorism training exercise when one collided with the mast of a defence-leased Captain Cook Cruise ship.  

A special forces helicopter has clipped a cruise ship on Sydney Harbour during a drill and dramatic footage shows the moment it makes impact

A special forces helicopter has clipped a cruise ship on Sydney Harbour during a drill and dramatic footage shows the moment it makes impact 

The Black Hawk helicopter hit the cruise ship at around 2pm on Thursday, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a public park in Sydney suburb Watson's Bay

The Black Hawk helicopter hit the cruise ship at around 2pm on Thursday, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a public park in Sydney suburb Watson’s Bay

Two aircraft's were participating in an anti-terrorism training exercise when one collided with the mast of defence-leased Captain Cook Cruise ship

Two aircraft’s were participating in an anti-terrorism training exercise when one collided with the mast of defence-leased Captain Cook Cruise ship

A harbour fisherman caught the dramatic moment the two crafts collided and uploaded the video to TikTok, reported news.com.au

The footage showed defence crew members descending onto the ship before the helicopters fly off and make an emergency landing at Robertson Park in Sydney’s east.   

The personnel from the damaged helicopter were seen transferring quickly into the other aircraft and leaving the scene.

A witness to the training exercise told Nine personnel from the two helicopters had spent several hours winching on and off the cruise ship

A witness to the training exercise told Nine personnel from the two helicopters had spent several hours winching on and off the cruise ship 

A witness to the training exercise told Nine personnel from the two helicopters had spent several hours winching on and off the cruise ship. 

One of the Black Hawk helicopters damaged its rotor blade after colliding with the ship

One of the Black Hawk helicopters damaged its rotor blade after colliding with the ship

Winching is the pick-up or lowering of an object or a person to or from a helicopter. 

Watson Bay residents are used to hearing the rescue helicopters circle the area and land, but one witness said this particular landing sounded different. 

‘This one came very quick and very loud, the leaves just flew off the trees, virtually before you could blink an eyelid it had landed,’ one witness said.  

Specialist engineers were seen arriving to assess the scene and to inspect the damage to the helicopter, which is expected to remain in the park overnight.  

No civilians or Defence personnel were injured in the incident.  

Specialist engineers were seen arriving to assess the scene and to inspect the damage to the helicopter, which is expected to remain in the park overnight

Specialist engineers were seen arriving to assess the scene and to inspect the damage to the helicopter, which is expected to remain in the park overnight 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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