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Army Aviation Crash Rescue

UH-60 Blackhawk

This video was produced by the US Army to assist in instruction of medical and other emergency personnel in safe procedures for rescuing crewmembers following an aviation mishap involving the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

This video may be freely downloaded.

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The UH-60 is a twin-engine, medium lift, utility or assault helicopter, used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Some versions, such as the Air Force's MH-60 G Pave Hawk and the Coast Guard's HH-60J Jayhawk, are equipped with a rescue hoist with a 250 foot (75 meter) cable that has a 600 pound (270 kg) lift capability, and a retractable in-flight refueling probe. The Army's UH-60L Black Hawk can carry 11 soldiers or 2,600 pounds (1,170 kg) of cargo or sling load 9,000 pounds (4,050 kg) of cargo.

The Army uses Blackhawks as the primary dedicated air ambulance. The typical medical evacuation configuration provides for four litter patients and one ambulatory patient. Other configurations include: (Each allows sufficient room for a crew chief and a medical aidman.)


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