THE emergency landing of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopter last month will be in the spotlight when Parliament sits next Monday.

Four MPs have tabled questions on the helicopter's forced landing in a Woodlands field, including Mr Michael Palmer (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), who is chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has been investigating the incident with the manufacturers of the Apache -64 helicopter.

Preliminary findings show that a mechanical problem led to the landing, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Defence Minister, said earlier this month. The pilots had followed designated flight routes and emergency procedures.

These allowed them to land in an open field that was several hundred metres away from Housing Board flats and a primary school. Both pilots were unhurt, no civilians were injured and no damage was caused, although the helicopter's tail broke off as it hit the ground.

Mr Palmer told The Straits Times that he had worked on his questions together with Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman (Sembawang GRC), the MP for the area in which the helicopter landed. Dr Maliki cannot table parliamentary questions himself because he is an office holder, being the Parliamentary Secretary for National Development.

MPs question crash landing