FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
Capt. Michael Odgers
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (12/16/10) – The Colorado Army National Guard launched an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter at approximately 6:50 a.m. today to locate an aircraft that went missing northwest of Wolcott, Colo., last night.
At 5:10 p.m. yesterday, the COARNG received the mission to search for a twin engine Beechcraft that lost radar contact. Due to inclement weather and significantly reduced visibility, the COARNG was unable to launch until this morning.
The Kiowa crew located a crashed aircraft near the top of Red and White Mountain at approximately 11,500 feet at 7:10 a.m. today.
At approximately 7:45 a.m. today, a UH-60 Blackhawk launched, carrying Vail Mountain Rescue emergency medical personnel to the crash site.
Both helicopters were launched from the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site.
HAATS is located in the small mountain town of Gypsum, Colo., near Vail. The school caters to rotary-wing military pilots from all over the world. Graduates of this challenging course leave with the knowledge of a unique training system known as Power Management. This training concept, when applied rigorously, gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their machines routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment.
While the primary role of HAATS is to train, the facility also assists with search and rescue missions when the terrain or altitude makes landing a civilian EMS aircraft questionable or there is a need for specialized military equipment.
For more than 150 years the Colorado National Guard has served communities across Colorado while defending our nation. The Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen of the Colorado National Guard are always ready, always there.
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