Blackhawk down safely

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By The Staff

An accident involving a U.S. military helicopter briefly knocked out electricity in some parts of Owenton and other communities in the region.

According to Lt. Col. Mike Ferguson, U.S. Army aviation facility commander of Frankfort, a Blackhawk UH 60 helicopter was on a training mission focusing on the use of night-vision goggles.

During the exercise, the pilot saw some electrical wire in the path of the helicopter. Although he attempted to fly over the wires, the blades of the Blackhawk’s rotors sliced through the lines at approximately 10:15 p.m. Thursday.

Ferguson said the Blackhawk is designed to cut through power lines wires when tangled but contact did “minimum” damage to the tip of one rotor blade and the windshield, Ferguson said.

The crew, which included a pilot, a co-pilot and a crew chief, managed to safely land the helicopter about a mile away from the scene of the accident.

After receiving an emergency call from a nearby resident, Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell arrived at the scene near the Countryside Bakery and Deli on US 127 just as the helicopter safely touched down at around 10:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the incident.

A spokesperson for Kentucky Utilities said most of the city of Midway and a few customers in Lexington were affected by the down power line.

KU said all power was restored by 11 a.m. Friday.