Mineral basin heli crash

Trate D

Active Member
My wife sent me this yesterday I/we were fairly worried. Her brother flys blackhawks and is in charge of maintenance scheduling on all of them at airport 2. Luckily this was a training mission so he wasn’t involved. He said they were going to assess the damage and get a recovery planned.
 

Hickey

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I saw the a vid that @Hickey sent me and it's confusing how it happened. I thought it was only one, at first, and that it hit the tree. I assume one contacted the other? The snow kick-up was pretty intense on take-off. Glad to hear everyone was okay.
I can't even remember where I read it, but the first heli experienced white-out conditions when approaching the ground. The tail rotor struck ground and came apart, sending a blade toward the other heli, which forced it to emergency land.
 

Bart

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Location
Arm Utah
Someone made a bad decision to try a landing there in 12" of the fluffiest new powder we've had all year. Who would have guessed it would have caused white out conditions. DOH
 

cruiseroutfit

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Sandy, Ut
So how do you get helicopters out? Fix the one on site and fly it out? The one on it's side you stick on some big 8 wheel truck and do mineral basin in the spring?

Heavy lift helicopter could fly it out. I highly doubt they winter them there.

The Sikorsky CH-53E could lift them both at once. It's well within the Chinook CH-47F lift too.
 

haulinshine

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Heavy lift helicopter could fly it out. I highly doubt they winter them there.

The Sikorsky CH-53E could lift them both at once. It's well within the Chinook CH-47F lift too.
Yeah, they will most likely just have a team of Chinooks sling them out. Between the relative light weight of a Hawk (~16k) and the lift capacity of a hook with the lowish altitude and low ambient temps it isn't even a strain on them. I'm more surprised they screwed the pooch on the PL due to a white out, part of the training is low/no visibility landings. They have pretty high pucker factor but are normally really manageable as long as the crew chiefs and pilots are competent.
 
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