Snowmobiler Strikes Landed Black Hawk from Fort Drum

 A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over Fort Drum, N.Y., on June 2, 2018. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo/Andrew Valenza)
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over Fort Drum, N.Y., on June 2, 2018. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo/Andrew Valenza)

FORT DRUM -- A snowmobiler struck a stationary Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Drum at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Albert Farms airstrip in Worthington, Mass.

Trooper James Deangelis of the state police department in Massachusetts said the 43-year-old man operating the snowmobile was airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., with unspecified injuries. Deangelis was unaware of the cause of the accident.

Julie Halpin, director of Fort Drum public affairs, wrote in an email that soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade landed in Massachusetts after a day of training and waited to fly back to post at night using night-vision goggles for a routine practice flight. Crew members were onboard the offline aircraft when the snowmobiler struck it, but none was injured.

"The crew called 911 immediately when the accident occurred, and two crew members provided first aid to the injured individual until local (emergency medical technicians) arrived," Halpin wrote.

The stabilator, or combined stabilizer and elevator at the tail of the helicopter, was damaged in the accident.

Halpin wrote in another email that the helicopter and crew returned to post Wednesday afternoon.

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