MILITARY

Rescue efforts for two Black Hawk helicopters will begin Wednesday

Mar 1, 2022, 9:27 PM
Image of downed Utah National Guard Black Hawk helicopter at Mineral Basin, near Snowbird Ski Resor...
Image of downed Utah National Guard Black Hawk helicopter at Mineral Basin, near Snowbird Ski Resort. Photo credit: KSL TV, Chopper 5

DRAPER, Utah — The Utah National Guard announced Tuesday night that recovery efforts for two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will begin on Wednesday.

The two Black Hawk helicopters were involved in a training accident last week near the Mineral Basin area.

Removing the Black Hawk helicopters

According to a press release, the two UH-60 Black Hawks will be sling-loaded from the area by a Nevada Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook. From there, the two helicopters will be transported to the Heber Valley Airport in Heber City. 

Once in Heber City, air and ground crews will load the aircrafts onto lowboy trailers. From there, they will be transported to Utah Army Aviation Support Facility in West Jordan.

“Although military training operations can be dangerous, accidents of this nature rarely happen,” said Col. Shane Manwaring, commander, 97th Aviation Troop Command in a press release. “Our Soldiers have worked tirelessly to prepare the aircraft for extraction from the area. It has been great to see our community partners support these efforts, especially the agencies of Snowbird, the U.S. Forest Service, Wasatch County, Wasatch County Sheriff, Heber City Police, Utah Highway Patrol, and the Heber Valley Airport.”

The National Guard says residents in Heber Valley may hear noise during rescue operations on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

“I’m extremely grateful that the Utah National Guard aircrews involved in the multi-aircraft incident at Mineral Basin walked away with only minor injuries. High-altitude recovery operations are complex by their very nature, especially with the restricted terrain and unpredictable weather patterns in Mineral Basin,” said Lt. Col. Gordon Pedersen, Utah National Guard Director of Aviation and Safety in a press release. “For the safety of the Soldiers involved in the recovery operation and the general public, we are asking everyone to avoid Mineral Basin and the Heber Valley Airport on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.” 

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Military

Sgt. Elvin L. Phillips pictured. He's a World War II soldier, his burial will be in Bluffdale....
Amie Schaeffer and Samantha Herrera

Fallen World War II solider identified 78 years after his death, burial planned in Bluffdale

Using DNA analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was able to identify a World War II solider and he is now being returned home for burial.
1 day ago
Gov. Cox mental health...
Mark Jones

Utah National Guard to host 67th annual Governor’s Day

The 67th annual Governor's Day will be held Saturday by the Utah National Guard at Camp Williams.
9 days ago
south jordan city hall to allow more telecommuting...
Mark Jones

South Jordan dedicates Gold Star Memorial Monument

The city of South Jordan announced Tuesday the dedication of a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be held Wednesday evening.
25 days ago
Utah Army National Guard...
Mark Jones

Female to be promoted to chief warrant officer 5 in Utah Army National Guard

Utah resident and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kayce Clark will be promoted this week to chief warrant officer 5 in the Utah Army National Guard.
1 month ago
FILE - As seen on a computer screen from a DVD prepared by Al-Sahab production, al-Qaida's Ayman al...
Associated Press

AP source: US operation killed al-Qaida leader al-Zawahri

A U.S. airstrike has killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan, according to a person familiar with the matter.
2 months ago
drone isis syria...
Oren Liebermann, CNN

ISIS leader in Syria killed in drone strike, US says

An initial review indicated that there were no civilian casualties.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Rescue efforts for two Black Hawk helicopters will begin Wednesday