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Two Black Hawk helicopters extracted from canyon after crash

Mar 2, 2022, 3:05 PM | Updated: Mar 3, 2022, 6:11 am

AMERICAN FORK CANYON, Utah — Two Black Hawk helicopters were removed from just outside of Snowbird where they were downed last week. 

Chopper 5 followed the extraction at a distance, getting footage of the incredible removal process of lifting the helicopters out of the canyon where they were transferred to Heber, Utah where they are now on secure ground.

“It takes a lot of precision and careful planning to do this the right way,” Chief Warrant Offer Jared Jones said. “and fortunately the weather’s cooperating today.”

Jones and the crew of the Nevada Army National Guard Chinook had the experience to get the job done.

The Utah National Guard has a plan to get them back to West Jordan. They say they’ll utilize some flatbed trailers Thursday to make the trip.

The helicopters aren’t necessarily destined for the scrap heap. One of the next steps will be to see what is salvageable off of the two Black Hawks.

The crash occurred on Feb. 22. The Utah National Guard says no crew members were injured and both helicopters were damaged in the crash, which happened around 9:30 a.m. in the Mineral Basin, near Snowbird, in American Fork Canyon.

The incident remains under investigation.

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