Jayhawk Makes Emergency Landing on Cutter Healy


An MH-60 Jayhawk sits on the landing pad of the icebreaker Healy Friday morning, after making an emergency landing Thursday night during joint maneuvers. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo

Jay Barrett/KMXT

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing last night on the back deck of the icebreaker Healy, as the two performed maneuvers together near Kodiak. The four-person crew of the Jayhawk was not injured, and there were no injuries reported aboard the cutter, either.

David Mosley is a Coast Guard spokesman in Anchorage:

(Jayhawk 1 24 sec "During that training … aboard that helicopter.")

The Healy docked in downtown Kodiak at Pier 2 this morning. The emergency landing occurred after 8 p.m. last (Thursday) night. A mobile crane was parked near the Healy, in preparation of lifting the Jayhawk from the icebreaker’s small aft landing pad. The helicopter appeared intact from shore.

Mosley said Kodiak air crews often take advantage of cutters visiting to perform exercises:

(Jayhawk 2 29 sec "The maneuvers are beneficial … get fuel from the ship.")

Mosley said the Healy was heading south after a patrol in the arctic, and were planning on a port call in Kodiak. The Healy is the Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker, at 420-feet in length. The Jayhawk is the larger of two types of helicopters deployed at Air Station Kodiak.


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