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Downed Black Hawks in New Baltimore

Feb 05, 2011 5:06 pm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Hilary Hawke of the Ravena News-Herald caught this great image of two Black Hawk helicopters in a New Baltimore field by the Thruway, published on the front page of the Daily Mail."][/caption]Everyone seems to have picked up the one about the UF-60 Black Hawk helicopter that landed and then got stranded in the middle of a field of snow in New Baltimore between the Thruway and Route 9W on Friday morning, February 5. The The Daily Mail reports that a crew of two Army National Guardsmen from the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment were out on a training mission when they got a warning signal on one of the dashboard controls. By the time they landed, New Baltimore businessman Eric Hoglund had called Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley and made it out to the chopper on snowshoes. Seeley, in turn, arrived with officers from the New Baltimore Sheriff Substation and Town of Coeymans Police Chief Gregory A. Darlington, and set up crews to keep people from slowing down to "rubberneck" the scene. A rescue helicopter was dispatched with a crew of mechanics "whose job it was to tweak the Black Hawk so it could fly out safely and return to Albany." Everything was over, it's been reported, by 1:15 p.m.