Black Hawk helicopter rescues plane crash survivors in Idaho County
For the third time this year, an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter outfitted with a hoist has provided lifesaving support to accident victims.
Monday afternoon, an Idaho Army National Guard UH-60 “Black Hawk” helicopter was called in to a plane crash scene in Idaho County. At about 1:30 p.m., a Cessna 182 single-engine plane crashed in a heavily forested area in southern Idaho County..
The two male crash survivors were able to call for medical support. A Life Flight helicopter crew that first arrived at the scene determined it could not land because a helicopter with a hoist would be needed to drop the hoist down through 100-foot trees in order to access the survivors. The call for the Black Hawk helicopter was initiated by Idaho State Communications, in coordination with the Life Flight helicopter and a ground crew on the scene from the McCall Fire Department.
Just before 5 p.m., the Black Hawk departed Gowen Field with a 4-man crew. McCall Firefighters had already stabilized the survivors and prepared them for hoisting into the Black Hawk. The helicopter crew hoisted up the survivors and transported them to Warren U.S. Forest Service airstrip within 15 minutes; Life Flight then provided further airlift.