So how do you move a big 'copter?
With a bigger one.
A main rotor blade malfunction forced the emergency landing of an S.C. Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter Dec. 3 in a field off I-77 south of downtown Columbia, according to Army reports.
The chopper, assigned to the 1-111th General Aviation Support Battalion, landed just off Bluff Road, near Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, amid rush-hour traffic. No one was hurt.
But because its main rotor was damaged, the helicopter couldn't take off again.
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the S.C. Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Greenville sling-loaded the smaller helicopter to move it for repairs. The Army released photos Wednesday of the big 'copter being moved.
The cause of the main rotor malfunction remains under investigation.
ABOUT THE UH-60 BLACK HAWK
It's a twin-engine utility helicopter used for transport and evacuation with medium-lift capacity.
Lift capacity: 9,000 pounds
Top speed: 183 mph
Length: 65 feet
Wingspan: 54 feet
Cost: $18 million
Engine type: General Electric T700
Weapons: machine guns, chain gun cannon, rockets
SOURCES: Aeroweb Report, U.S. Army, Boeing, Sikorsky