Black Hawk Down in Colorado

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by E.L., Aug 20, 2009.


  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    <!--title-->Two Nightstalkers from the 160th died. RIP. Just glad I wasn't reading about Sniper66.


    For those that do not know, the 160th SOAR is the special operations aviation regiment. It is the same unit that suffered so many losses in Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Gothic Serpent in 93'. Michael Durant the Black Hawk pilot that was captured then released was a Nightstalker. I just finished his book "In The Company of Heroes." Excellent read. I highly recommend it. For anyone that has read "Black Hawk Down" it is a excellent companion read.

    http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_13162221


    2 dead in Black Hawk crash on mountain near Leadville

    <!--subtitle--><!--byline-->By Howard Pankratz
    The Denver Post

    <!--date-->Posted: 08/19/2009 05:10:49 PM MDT
    <!--secondary date-->Updated: 08/19/2009 10:52:13 PM MDT

    [​IMG]US Army Black Hawk helicopters and personal arrive at the command center near Leadville, Colo., to support another Army Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive near Leadville at about 2 p.m. today, killing two people and injuring a third. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)


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    <script language="JavaScript"> if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } </script>An Army MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., crashed on Mount Massive at about 2 p.m. today, killing two people and injuring a third, according to Betty Benson, spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff's Department.
    Benson said that a fourth individual is missing and is currently being sought by search teams at the site.
    The helicopter was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) and was conducting a routine training mission, Army officials said.
    The crash occurred at 14,200 feet level of the 14,400 foot mountain, which is about 15 miles southwest of Leadville.
    Two Flight for Life helicopters landed at the crash scene, and one of the helicopters is taking the survivor
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    to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. Benson said the helicopter went down in a meadow on the east side of the mountain.
    Rescue crews were able to drive up the mountain but had to walk some distance into the meadow, she said. She said that both Flight for Life helicopters had to land some distance from the crash and their crews walked to the helicopter.
    Benson said the helicopters flight recorder has been recovered.
    The crash was first reported by U.S. Forest Service teams cutting trails through the mountain area. The teams heard the crash but did not see it.
    Major Brandon Bissell, spokesman for Fort Campbell, said "recovery operations are on-going."
    In February 1998, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk crashed near the Continental Divide above Turquoise Lake about eight miles west of Leadville.
    All six on board survived. The helicopter that crashed in 1998 was one of two from Fort Carson performing contour maneuvers - following the contour of the terrain - when it struck a static power line above 10,000 feet along Busk Creek.
    Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com

    [​IMG]Lake County Sheriff Deputy and U.S. Army officials at the command center west of Leadville, Co. An Army Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive near Leadville at about 2 p.m. today, killing two people and injuring a third. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | HELEN RICHARDSON)



    [​IMG]Rescue personnel organize during the search, at the command center west of Leadville, Co. for the one missing crew member of a Army Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky. (THE DENVER POST | HELEN RICHARDSON)



    [​IMG]Lake County Deputy Sheriff Charles King helps coordinates rescue efforts at the command center west of Leadville, Co. An Army Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive near Leadville at about 2 p.m. today, killing two people and injuring a third. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | HELEN RICHARDSON)



    [​IMG]Flight for Life helicopter arrives at the lower landing zone after assessing in crash site west of Leadville, Colo., to support another Army Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive near Leadville at about 2 p.m. today, killing two people and injuring a third. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | HELEN RICHARDSON)




    [​IMG]A US Army Black Hawk helicopter heads to the crash site to continue searching for a missing crew member from a helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive near Leadville on August 19, 2009. (THE DENVER POST | HELEN RICHARDSON)
     
  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    No, not me, I was in Texas yesterday. Sounds like they were at the HATS doing mountain training. I have flown there before, very high and very tough environment to fly in.
     
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Let me get this straight, your in TX. and nomaddd flyover?
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Yeah, sniper, that is pretty low. Jeez. [taser1]
     
  5. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yes, you got one, but she was straight out of the CCAD and had a brand new cammo paint job, so you couldn't see it. [dunno]

    Actually, I hopped a flight at 0830 from home to Corpus on a C-12, got in the damned thing and flew straight home, 8 hours between the flight down and back. Sunday morning and I'm still recovering, it's a bite getting old.
     
  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    digital camo paint job ? Was it just encrypted so they couldn't see it???
     
  7. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'll give you a pass, as long as you don't arm the mini guns when you do fly over. [peep]
     
  8. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Free I R signature check?
     
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