When an Aircraft comes down, often in remote, uninhabited areas, rescue and aircraft recovery can be challenging. In the mountains of Colorado, aircraft recovery becomes even more difficult.
Much like military teams known as DARTs, Downed Aircraft Rescue Teams, are trained for combat missions and recovery of downed aircraft in a difficult environment, civilian towing and recovery companies must be certified to participate in this type of event. Undoubtedly, the hazards of a combat situation are not present in a civilian crash, but the principles and procedures for recovery are similar.
Military Aircraft Recovery
At Fort Campbell, Kentucky, military teams train diligently to recover personnel and aircraft that may have come down for any reason. In a combat zone, how quickly the recovery units arrive at the site depends on the circumstances, weather, and the urgency of the situation. In a war zone, if an aircraft comes down in or near the enemy’s position, the unit might choose to wait until the area is secure to attempt the recovery.
Each member of an aircraft recovery team, military or civilian, has a function. These responsibilities include security, defense operations, and possibly repair if the plane or helicopter had suffered only minor damage and still has take-off capability.
If the aircraft is too damaged to fly, the expert team prepares the plane or helicopter for towing on the ground or by sling load.
If the aircraft is in pieces and impossible to recover, the team leader may opt to destroy the aircraft on site.
Civilian Aircraft Recovery
Only a few recovery companies are certified for downed private aircraft recovery. In the Rocky Mountains Region of Colorado, Alpine Towing & Recovery is the “go-to” resource for these situations. As accredited aircraft recovery specialists, the Alpine professionals are trained to handle these unfortunate occurrences.
The first procedure upon arrival at the scene of a downed civilian aircraft is to preserve and protect any evidence in the area for later investigation. Photographic evidence is essential.
Alpine Towing & Recovery brings specialized equipment such as winches, lifting slings, and aircraft movement systems to the scene. When the Alpine professionals arrive, they assess the situation, determine the best way to extract the aircraft, and secure and manage the crash scene. This may include maintaining media and onlooker control.
Contact Alpine Towing & Recovery
With over twenty years of experience in aircraft recovery, the professionals at Alpine are certified to manage the entire incident. Capabilities include:
- Emergency Dispatch Service 24/7 – 365 days per year
- An all-star office team that is highly qualified in aircraft recovery, ready to serve every need
- Scene management
- Press and media management
- Aircraft Disassembly
- Aircraft Transportation
- Environmental clean-up and restoration
For more information about aircraft or any other vehicle recovery, call Alpine Towing & Recovery at 1-800-869-2869.
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