Fort Drum Chopper Involved In Snowmobile CrashPosted: Updated:
A Fort Drum helicopter was involved in an accident with a snowmobile in a Massachusetts field Tuesday evening.
Officials said the five crew members aboard the Blackhawk chopper escaped injury.
According to news reports in Massachusetts, a snowmobile collided with the helicopter in Worthington at the Albert Farms airstrip. According to Massachusetts Environmental Police, the snowmobiler was traveling on a designated snowmobile trail.
Fort Drum said the helicopter's crew called 911 immediately after the accident occurred, and two crew members provided first aid to the injured snowmobile operator until local emergency crews arrived.
The snowmobile's operator was airlifted to the hospital.
According to Fort Drum, the Blackhawk is from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and was participating in a routine training flight. The helicopter was completely shut down at the time of the incident, officials said.
The soldiers had pre-coordinated to land there after some daytime training to wait for the sun to set so they could fly home using night-vision goggles, officials said.
Fort Drum said a part on the back of the helicopter called the stabilator was damaged and crews were able to fix it.
Troops flew the chopper back to Fort Drum Wednesday.
Fort Drum said the incident will be investigated by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Safety Office. Massachusetts officials also said they're investigating.
Officials said the chopper is from our MEDEVAC unit. In a deployed environment, Fort Drum said the MEDEVAC unit must rapidly evacuate the wounded from combat to a medical - facility day or night - which is why night vision goggle training like they were completing is so critical.