A 22News follow up to Tuesday night’s snowmobile crash involving a Blackhawk helicopter in Worthington. 22News reporter Taylor Knight went back to Worthington to find out how an accident like this could happen.
The helicopter landed on a runway in Worthington on Tuesday night. A short time after, a snowmobiler hit it.
“We have a lot of trails, they take good care of the trails here in Worthington.” Christine Gilbert
One man is recovering after his snowmobile ran into the rear of a grounded Blackhawk helicopter in Worthington Tuesday night.
The helicopter was from Fort Drum Army Base in upstate New York, doing routine training when it landed on the runway at Albert Farms airport, according to Fort Drum spokeswoman Julie Halpin.
“I haven’t seen anyone land there in quite a while.” Aida Albert
Aida Albert, part of the Albert family that once owned the private airstrip, told 22News that the runway is still operational, but it’s mostly used for aircraft emergencies and snowmobilers.
“In the winter, it becomes a snowmobilers paradise. It’s just something out of the blue that happened. We’ve never had any fatalities on that runway.” Aida Albert
The runway is part of a designated snowmobile trail that goes through town. Posts are along the airstrip marking the trail.
“These trails hook up, I think they can travel all the way to Vermont, and the up that way if you follow them. It’s quite a big trail system we have.” Christine Gilbert
People in town told 22News the runway is also a popular place for people to walk their dogs, and this was just a terrible accident.
The helicopter did have permission to land on the runway here according to Fort Drum public affairs.
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