An Arkansas National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was back in the air after making an emergency landing in a Troup field on Thursday evening.

Scott Stovall said he was at work when a neighbor texted him that a military helicopter had landed in the field. Stovall said he immediately left work and headed home to see how he could be of assistance.

“It was an emergency landing, but they were just so composed,” Stovall said. “We try to show appreciation for the military and the sacrifices they make.”

A spokesperson for the National Guard told KYTX-CBS19 that the helicopter experienced an electrical problem at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and chose to land out of an abundance of caution.

After landing, the crew began trying to assess the problem. Stovall said neighbors came from far and wide to take a look, and the soldiers were happy to show children the helicopter.

Stovall said he and his wife are very patriotic and were glad for the chance to give back. He put the crew up in his “man cave,” which is a one-bedroom apartment on his property with all the bells and whistles.

The crew was served food cooked by neighbors and crew members were able to shower after a day working on the helicopter in the Texas heat. They also were able to get a good night’s rest on beds and couches in the air-conditioned getaway.

After an assist from a second helicopter on Friday morning, the bird was back in the air, but not before crew members were treated to some East Texas hospitality.

“I’m just glad they are safe and they landed in a good friendly field,” Stovall said. “I’m glad we got a chance to pay them back.”


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