FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/29/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard will resume its search tomorrow for two missing hikers near Missouri Mountain in Chaffee County, Colo.
One OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, piloted by two Instructor Pilots from the High-altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site (HAATS), launched at approximately 2:35p.m. from the training site in Gypsum, Colo.
The helicopter and crew returned to base at 5:30 p.m. after searching for three hours in the vicinity of Missouri Mountain.
The search led by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will resume at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
“Our HAATS pilots are trained to save lives whether in the mountains of Afghanistan or Colorado. We’ll do all we can to help bring these hikers home,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado.
HAATS performs a critical mission providing life-saving combat skills to American pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan.
HAATS is located between Vail and Glenwood Spring, CO. The school trains military rotary-wing pilots from around the world in Power Management, which gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their aircraft routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment and especially at high altitudes in a power-limited environment.
Rescue efforts are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which notifies the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colo.
The AFRCC ties in to the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.
For more information about the search, contact Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer at 719-207-3264.
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