A HELICOPTER was forced to land in a field after experiencing engine problems.

The RAF search and rescue aircraft was on a routine flight on Wednesday at about 4.30pm when it encountered a fault.

The crew landed in a field near the A361 between Burford and Carterton – and it was still there 24 hours later, guarded by military personnel.

RAF Brize Norton spokesman Katie Zasada said last night: “There were three people on board but they are all fine. Engineers are looking at the helicopter where it landed to find out what happened, and are hoping to move it shortly.”

Ann Voisey, 49, who lives near the landing site, said she saw the helicopter flying “quite low” on Wednesday afternoon.

She said: “It must have malfunctioned and made an emergency landing.

“Everyone seemed to be okay though.”