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Forest encroacher fires at Phetchaburi National Park helicopter


A helicopter belonging to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation was fired upon as officials were flying over Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province during a survey on Wednesday.

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There were no reports of injuries or damage to the chopper.

“Six national park officers were in the AS350 helicopter, performing a monthly survey of the forest and looking out for any encroachment,” the department explained.

Forest encroacher fires at Phetchaburi National Park helicopter

“The pilot reportedly saw a man and a woman dashing into a hut that was built in a protected area after they spotted the chopper approaching. The man subsequently ran out with a homemade gun and fired a round towards the rear of the helicopter, but the bullet missed,” the department added.

After the incident, the pilot landed the chopper at the Jai Phaen Din ranger base about 7 kilometres away.

Forest encroacher fires at Phetchaburi National Park helicopter

A preliminary investigation found no damage to the helicopter and no officers were injured.

The department said that officials have filed a case with Kaeng Krachan police station to track down the shooter and the woman, who were believed to be encroaching on national forest land.

Forest encroacher fires at Phetchaburi National Park helicopter

Published : May 20, 2021

By : THE NATION