Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A really bad day for Black Hawk helicopters

It has been a very bad day for the venerable Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters operated around the world, with three reported crashes involving the type.

A U.S. Army Black Hawk crashed into a golf course in Breton Bay, Maryland on Tuesday while conducting a routine training flight, killing one pilot and seriously wounding the other two.

Eyewitness says pieces were falling from the aircraft and the rotorcraft was spinning out of control before impacting the ground.

The UH-60 Blackhawk was from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Davison Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Wreckage of  the U.S. Army Black Hawk in Maryland.
A Sikorsksy S-70A Black Hawk helicopter operated by Royal Saudi Land Forces crashed in Yemen, on Tuesday morning while flying a mission in the Marib region.

The helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Houthi forces loyal to Iran. The crash resulted in the death of four officers and eight rank officers of the Saudi armed forces.

In another incident a Black Hawk helicopter operated by Turkish police, crashed in the mountainous eastern province of Tunceli.

It went down within 10 minutes after taking off from the town of Pulumur.

The cause of the crash has been attributed to the poor weather conditions prevailing in the region. On-board was a judge, seven police officers, one sergeant and three crew members.

The twin-engined, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky first entered U.S. Army service in 1976. The basic crew compliment for the UH-60A is three; pilot, co-pilot, and crewchief.