U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Hit And Damaged By A Snowmobile In Unusual Accident In Massachusetts

The Black Hawk hit by a snowmobile (Image credit: Jim Mendelsohn)

One person, involved in the accident, is in stable condition.

A weird mishap occurred in Worthington, Massachusetts, where a snowmobile and a U.S. Army Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter were involved in an accident in a field on Mar. 12, 2019.

According to the Hilltown Community Ambulance Association, emergency services were called shortly before 8PM to respond to an accident that occurred at 07.40PM when a man on a snowmobile crashed into a parked HH-60M helicopter (#12-20499) at a private airfield at Albert Farms, in Worthington, roughly 15 miles west of Northampton. On impact, the snowmobiler went over the starboard side of the elevator and below the main rotor.

The helicopter was damaged as the following photograph, taken by our reader Jim Mendelsohn, shows.

The Black Hawk horizontal stabilizer damaged after being hit by a snowmobile. (Image credit: Jim Mendelsohn)

Seriously hurt, the man was air-lifted by a Lifeflight helicopter to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. It’s in critical but stable condition now, according to the reports.

Apparently, the Black Hawk helicopter had landed in the field as part of an exercise. The Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating the crash.

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