UH-60 Blackhawk Crashed in NYS

  1. BLACK HAWK CRASH Last Update: 3/11/2003 7:45:33 PM


    3/11/03

    The helicopter was carrying 13 soldiers. Only two survived the crash. They're being treated at Samaritan Hospital in Watertown.

    10th Mountain Division commander Major General Frank Hagenbeck says the Black Hawk crashed around two this afternoon. Rescue crews located the crash site at about 3:30pm.

    The helicopter, a widely used transport aircraft, crashed just north of Wheeler-Sack Airfield, a heavily wooded area on the base, said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty of the 10th Mountain Division. Hilferty said there was no indication of problems beforehand. "The first call I got was that it was missing. It just disappeared," Hilferty said.

    Steve Burton, a pilot with the air taxi service Adirondack Helicopters Inc. in Remsen, about 60 miles south of the post, flew Tuesday morning and said there was nothing troubling about the weather. "The flying actually is fine," Burton said. "Visibility is good. Weather is good. There's some wind but nothing we're not used to coping with this time of year."

    In March 2002, two soldiers died and 13 were injured when two high-explosive shells fired from a howitzer landed short of their target and burst near a tent where members of the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion were eating.

    Fort Drum, the sprawling Army post in northern New York, is home to the 10th Mountain Division, the military's most deployed unit over the past decade. As the United States presses closer to war with Iraq, Fort Drum has been a deployment staging area for reserve units from throughout the Northeast. Close to 1,000 division soldiers and reservists have departed from Fort Drum in recent weeks.

    The Black Hawk is basically the "utility-player" of military aircraft ... serving many different functions in the field.

    The Army uses the UH-60 Black Hawk on the frontlines for air assaults, air cavalry and for med-evac to get hurt or sick soldiers out.

    It's designed to carry 11 air-attack troops and it's capable of handling a Howitzer and 30 rounds of ammunition, as well.

    Black Hawks can also be configured for use as command control, electronic warfare, and special operations in the air. It takes a crew of 3 people to fly it and has an average cruising speed of 163 miles per hour.

    Because it's so technologically advanced, the Army contends it's very easy to maintain in the field. These helicopters can tackle most-weather conditions and can withstand a lot -- its protective armor will shield hits from 23-millimeter shells. But, we haven't found any information on how the Black Hawk UH-60 might hold up in a crash.

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  3. by   sunnygirl272
    UH-60 Blackhawk Crashed
    A UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter on routine mission was reported missing around 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Residents of the town of Remsen reported hearing the helicopter overhead making unusual sounds.

    Rescue crews located the crash site about 3:30 p.m. just north of Wheeler-Sack Airfield, a heavily wooded area on the base, said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty of the 10th Mountain Division.

    Army officials at the Pentagon told MSNBC that nine people were aboard the helicopter when it crashed on Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division. "The Blackhawk is a great helicopter with an incredible safety record, and our mechics and our pilots here are among the best in the world, so it's very surprising," Hilferty said.

    It's believed that it was flying with at least one other helicopter, maybe two. The training mission had no connection with ongoing war exercises at the base, Hilferty said.

    Samaritan Hospital in Watertown put a mass casualty plan in place in anticipation of victims, sppkeswoman Krista Kittle said. No confirmation of wounded or dead. The hospital cancelled or put on hold all elective surgeries and put staff on standby.

    Jefferson County emergency management official, Greg Brunelle, said the helicopter crashed on base between Antwerp and Philadelphia. Brunelle said there were "critical injured people at this point."

    Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns said shortly after 3 p.m. his dispatchers were in touch with Fort Drum.

    Burns said he'd seen military jets overhead. Steve Burton, a pilot with the air taxi service Adirondack Helicopters Inc. in Remsen, about 60 miles south of the post, flew Tuesday morning and said there was nothing troubling about the weather. "The flying actually is fine," Burton said. "Visibility is good. Weather is good. There's some wind but nothing we're not used to coping with this time of year."

    Blackhawk UH-60 helicopters are used in missions such as air cavalry, electronic warfare and evacuations, according to the Department of Defense. They are equipped with advanced avionics and electronics, such as the global positioning system.
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    Route 81 Crash
    Last Update: 3/11/2003 4:37:19 PM

    3/11/03

    A truck driver jumped from his burning cab after it was struck by an Army vehicle that fell off another truck. The military vehicle was being carried on a big truck when it came loose along Route 81this morning. It flew into the road, straight into the cab of another tractor-trailer. This happened between Mexico and Tinker Tavern Road, around 11this morning.

    State Police say the tractor-trailer rear-ended a military truck that was towing a flat bed trailer with another vehicle and a generator on it. Those flew off the trailer and the cab of the semi burst into flames. Amazingly no one was seriously injured. An eyewitness who was driving just two cars behind the accident -- Dee Manning: "The trailer did not wiggle. It did not swerve. It just was going straight like it was normally driving. I don't know if the driver fell asleep or what but he hit and Jeep parts were flying all over."

    Dee Manning says she saw the driver of the truck jump out his passenger side door and start rolling in the snow. But once again, we're told no one was seriously injured.
  5. by   Stargazer
    Oh, crap.
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    the blackhawk that went down...had 13 on board...2 survivors....have not officially said the others are dead, but did call for the jefferson county coroner....
    so sad....
  7. by   baseline
    Sigh. So sad. The times they are tough right now.
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    Criminy..it even made the Australian papers...
    Two survive US Blackhawk crash

    March 12 2003


    A Black Hawk helicopter carrying 13 people crashed today in a heavily wooded area of a US army post in upstate New York, military officials said.

    Two people survived the crash, but authorities did not disclose the fate of the other 11 aboard.

    "I would like to extend my condolences to the families of our fallen comrades and I want to assure you that we will fully investigate this terrible accident and do everything in our power to take care of all the families involved in this tragedy," said Major General Franklin Hagenbeck, commander of the 10th Mountain Division.

    Military officials refused to take questions at a news briefing.

    The helicopter, a widely used transport aircraft, crashed just north of Wheeler-Sack Airfield, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hilferty said. He said there was no indication of problems beforehand.


    "The first call I got was that it was missing. It just disappeared," Hilferty said. He said he believed the aircraft was on a training mission with at least one other helicopter, perhaps two.

    Major Daniel Bohr at Fort Drum said the aircraft last made radio contact shortly before 2pm (0600 AEDT). Rescue crew located the crash site at about 3.30pm (0730 AEDT).

    Greg Burnelle, a Jefferson County emergency management official, said the helicopter crashed between the tiny towns of Antwerp and Philadelphia in upstate New York. Burnelle said there were "critical injured people".

    Fort Drum, situated along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario about 113km north-east of Syracuse, is home to the 10th Mountain Division and has been a major staging area for reserve units taking part in the build-up toward war with Iraq. Nearly 1,000 division soldiers and reservists have left from Fort Drum in recent weeks.

    The training mission had no connection with ongoing war exercises at the base, Hilferty said.
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/...145007874.html

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