Regional aviation exercise slated Monday

Jun 22, 2014

Next Monday afternoon, June 23, Northwest Regional Aviation will conduct multiple helicopter training operations in north Snohomish County, and the public may notice a high number of aircraft in the area traveling at low altitude.

According to Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, scenarios will be conducted between noon and 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Silvana.

Aircraft likely to be used will be UH-60 and HH-65 helicopters and a Cessna 206 fixed wing aircraft.

People in these areas will likely see increased low level aircraft operations as the pilots evaluate the scene, maneuver for rescue operations, and hoist survivors into the helicopter for transport, Ireton said.

The purpose of this exercise is training in aircraft rescue coordination using aircraft from various agencies including the military, she said.

The scenarios in this exercise simulate a flood event in north Snohomish County requiring rescue resources to assist stranded victims.

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