Unified police responded to an space close to Snowbird Tuesday the place two Blackhawk helicopters have been concerned in an accident close to Mineral Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon. A staff is touring to Utah to conduct a security investigation into the accident. (Chopper 5, KSL-TV)
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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — A staff is touring to Utah to conduct a security investigation into Tuesday’s coaching accident that concerned two Black Hawk helicopters from the Utah Military Nationwide Guard.
The staff, from the U.S. Military Fight Readiness Middle from Fort Rucker, Alabama, may also determine when the broken helicopters might be recovered from the crash website situated within the Mineral Basin.
Till the helicopters might be eliminated, Utah Nationwide Guard personnel are working in shifts to safe the crash website and have been supplied a warming hut by Snowbird ski patrol, in line with a press release from Lt. Col. Jaime Thomas, the state public affairs officer for the Utah Nationwide Guard.
“As soon as the plane might be moved, the UH-60 Black Hawks will probably be sling-loaded out separately by a CH-47 Chinook at a secure distance on a secure path to an space the place they are often loaded for floor transportation,” the assertion mentioned.
The method to take away the Black Hawks might take days to some weeks, in line with Thomas.
The crash occurred round 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at a touchdown zone on Forest Service land simply outdoors of Snowbird ski resort’s boundaries. No critical accidents have been reported, in line with the Utah Nationwide Guard.
Whereas the 2 Black Hawks have been touchdown, the rotor blades from one of many helicopters indifferent and hit the opposite helicopter, mentioned Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jared Jones, a spokesman for the Nationwide Guard.
“As they landed there was snow kicked up and the plane in all probability overlooked the bottom,” Jones mentioned throughout a press convention Tuesday afternoon.
One of many Black Hawks was seen from KSL’s Chopper 5 with out blades and resting on its facet whereas the opposite was upright with blades nonetheless connected.
The helicopters have been conducting winter mountain coaching that features touchdown in whiteout situations.
“In fight there are locations it’s a must to land typically which are that tough and so we do prepare to that normal,” Jones mentioned.