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Monday, February 7, 2011
Emergency Landing gives Koko Head Elementary students chance to learn about helicopters
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 8139 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12

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Army UH60 Blackhawk lands at Koko Head Elementary Sports Field

News Release from 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – A UH60 Blackhawk from the 25th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade, enroute to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Big Island of Hawaii, experienced a warning light this morning and landed at a sports field near Koko Head Elementary School. Army regulations require the crew to make a precautionary landing at the nearest safe area if this occurs. The pilots landed the helicopter safely in an area well clear of any school buildings or personnel, and repair crews were dispatched immediately to check the helicopter.

The pilots made contact with the school principal to explain the landing, and volunteered to allow the children to come out and see an Army helicopter and ask the pilots questions. After inspecting the aircraft, the maintenance crew determined the helicopter was safe to continue to fly. After the students of Koko Head Elementary had a chance to look at the aircraft and ask the pilots questions, the aircraft departed the area.

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