U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Crashes in Utah's Uinta Mountain Range
Rescue crews report that the crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter are fortunate to have survived the Utah helicopter crash that occurred Wednesday, March 3, 2010 near Silver Meadows Lake in Wasatch County. Deseret News reports that this MH-60T Jay Hawk helicopter and another Coast Guard helicopter were returning to North Carolina from the state of Washington where they had been deployed as part of a joint U.S.-Canadian operation for recent 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Canada.
Utah’s Mountainside make for a Difficult Rescue
The helicopter accident victims were able to get cell phone coverage to call and text for help. It still took the Wasatch and Summit rescues teams more than an hour to reach the Utah helicopter accident site by snowmobile after they had been notified about the accident. Rescue was difficult due to the steep slopes, dense pine forest and deep snow of the Uinta Mountain range. In fact, authorities report that helicopter debris was stuck in the branches of pines trees 100 feet in the air. It is a miracle that the pilot was able maneuver such a crash landing in Utah’s treacherous mountain terrain.
The second Coast Guard helicopter returned and was able to take part in the rescue. The entire crew of the helicopter involved in the crash, which includes four men and one woman, were flown to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment. Three crew members suffered critical injuries including two with serious internal trauma. All three are expected to recover fully from their injuries. The other two crew members appear to be uninjured but have been hospitalized for precautionary observations. An investigation is still being conducted into what caused this tragic helicopter crash.
It truly is amazing that the five crew members of this aviation accident were not killed or sustain life-threatening injuries. As Wasatch county sheriff stated, “They’re very lucky people. He must’ve been one heckuva pilot.” We continue to pray for their speedy and complete recovery.
Aviation Accident Statistics
The most recent statistics on aviation accidents and fatalities are compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U. S. Federal agency that investigates all civilian aviation accidents that occur within the Unites States.
• In 2008, 1,649 civilian aviation accidents which resulted 564 fatalities nationwide
• 1,559 general aviation accidents which resulted in 495 deaths nationwide in 2008
Finding an Expert Aviation Lawyer in Utah
The search to finding an expert Utah aviation accident attorney can be quite difficult. Most firms do not have experience with this intricate area of law. With the increased popularity of Utah residents owning personal aircrafts, the skilled Salt Lake City personal injury lawyers at the Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, have witnessed more occurrences of general aviation accidents than before.
Whether your tragic aviation accident happened in a small private plane, commercial airliner or helicopter, your personal injury claim is of great concern to us. Aviation law is complex and liability claims can quickly become convoluted. An expert lawyer in plane crashes is essential to ensure your rights are respected and your interests protected.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident we urge you to contact one of our experienced aviation lawyers at 801.506.0800 to set up a FREE, no obligation, consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.