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Press Release
September 30, 2002
Blackhawk launched in search for missing aircraft
Salem, Ore. - A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 1042 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) of he Oregon Army National Guard was launched at approximately 3:20 p.m. this afternoon at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff's office. The Blackhawk and crew will be trying to locate an aircraft that crashed in the Mt. McLaughlin area last evening. No contact has been made with the aircraft, however, the Emergency locator transmitter (ELT) is operational and the Blackhawk will attempt to locate the aircraft through the ELT signal.
The Blackhawk is piloted by Lt. Col. Dan Hokanson and Chief Warrant Officer Marco Frye. The crewmembers consist of Sgt. Pat Casha, Master Sgt. Rudy Hernandez and Spec. Travis Davis. All are stationed at McNary Field, in Salem, Ore. National Guard soldiers participated in fire suppression operations at the following locations: Biscuit Complex; Sheldon Ridge; Tiller; Siuslaw River, Monument, Toolbox and the Winter fires.
For more information contact:
Kay Fristad