6.08.2007

Decatur Under Attack? (Joking)


It felt like it around 12:30 this afternoon when four military helicopters buzzed the town. This War on Terror is getting serious.

Edit: One commentor reminded me of this story: "Feb. 25, 1988: Ten killed and eight burned when a Chinook CH-47D helicopter crashes near Chico during a routine flight from Fort Hood to Fort Sill, Okla." There's not much on the Internet about it.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe they're looking for the real killers?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Paris is on the loose...

Anonymous said...

Eek barry, that's scary, not funny

Anonymous said...

No, rememeber the Chinook that crashed in Chico in Feb. 1988. Everytime one flies over all police, fire and rescue that was there that horrid day will stand and watch them go over. U can pick those guys out of any crowd, they stand and watch it out of sight. Barry u remember this major event, u put that old "fishin lure" out today and got a bite on it.

Annie Jokely said...

What black helicopters? I don't see anything. Barry, you are as paranoid as 'ol Henry Hill in Goodfellas. Lay off the smack.

Anonymous said...

Go here: http://www.armyaircrews.com/chinook.html. About halfway down is the record. "A/C nose-dived into a cow pasture near Chico, NW of Dallas and skidded about 75' before it broke apart in a sheet of fire on its way to Ft. Sill from Ft. Hood."

If you add this to Google Earth you can locate the crash site. Here are the coordinates: lat=33.2930290817, lon=-97.8259641735.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:09 u seem to know alot about that day. The worst day in Chico Fire Dept. history
(EVER), Chico was on a very large grass fire that day on 1810 W. about 4 miles. All equipment from Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport, Sunset and Crafton were KO'ed. Page goes off during this disaster and WCSO advises a helicopter down North on Mount St. U think, that's a hoax. One fire officer (assistant chief, me), had to respond for Chico. What was seen next was an event that will never be forgotten by anyone one on that scene that day.
Contrary to the sight u sent us to for details is inaccurate. That copter did not just crash and burn in a "cow pasture". That copter was losing altitude and smoking before it crossed over F.M. 1810 going Northbound. The tail-rotor was smoking and dipping down as the altitude descended. That copter at 30-40 feet got entangled with a co-op electric line with it's tail rotor. The copter then started a head to ground strike on the nose and began to cartwheel for longer than "75 feet". Before the power line two men jumped out, I tripped on the sgt. while running to the inferno (can't remember his name.), he was alert and yelled there is at least 16 aboard. He was laying in the unburnt portion of the grass because he had jumped. What happened next was an emergency response nightmare.
The first paramedic on scene was Joe Clevinger (chief of the BRIDGEPORT Hospital E.M.S.). He wrote a book about the crash and never seemed to recover, he left about 6 months later.
The call went for every E.M.S. ambulance and helicopter w/ in a 50 mile radius. Decatur F.D. 54 blew an engine 2 miles prior to arrival on scene, every fire truck got stuck on scene because of the recent rain. Runaway Bay Police car caught fire on scene and was destroyed.. the list went on.
Since u seem like u are close to that event I would like to talk to talk u 19 years after that day. Respond or e-mail Barry.

BSG said...

Above post was fascinating. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

8:50 Loved the post. Always love hearing the events from someone who was there. Even the tragic ones.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the reason I usually read the comments. Most of the time its a lot of blah, blah but every now and then you find a jem like 850's (the last was the witness to the tornado in Wichita Falls). Thanks 850 good story.

Anonymous said...

8:50, I am 4:09. I actually know nothing of that day past what I have read on this site I linked and finding it in Google Earth. I have only lived in Chico since 2003. I live a couple of miles away from the site and ever since finding it in Google Earth a couple of years ago I've wanted to drive down to the site but its probably better left alone.

Thank you for that post, as Barry said, fascinating.

I apologize if I came across like I knew anything more.

Anonymous said...

I saw 4 A-10 thunderbolt's flying over Newark today too.

Anonymous said...

I ate at Casa Torres once and later that night I saw my sheets hovering above my bed.

It was scary and I cried.

Anonymous said...

i remember that day and the month or so after very well. i was only eight years old but can remember quite a bit. our family has lived on the neighboring property there since the late 60's. i remember the noise from the crash but didnt witness it. i remember thinking it was just another crusher blast because back then they shook our house pretty good. i remember for weeks afterwards the army being there. i rode my three wheeler constantly during that time. every soldier that came by in full gear made my day with waives and they would always pretend with me that i was racing there humvees. looking back i dont know if they even knew that the eight year old thought he was racing them. i just sat at there all summer just to catch a glimpse of them. the soldiers made my day everytime the drove past our house. in my head i look back and know that i didnt realize what really had happened. i remember my uncle telling a story that im sure he will never forget and i have never heard him speak of again. both my grandpa and my uncle had to cut people out of the copter with some of our fellow neighbors. i dont know if they were dead or alive or any details because ive never asked. but i do know that it was no joking matter at all. and those of you that are joking about it should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

You just can't make fun of any ones unfortunate incident anymore without somebody gettin upset.

Anonymous said...

12:43 I hope u have a county mail box, we need to vent 19 years later. If not ride, your ure horse to work, u won't ure car any more.

Richard Fields said...

Hey, guys....I just happened to be googling the chinook crash and found your blog. My name is Richard Fields and I am a survivor of that 1988 Chinook crash. I guess I never realized how much of an effect our crash had on your town, but I need to tell you how much we all appreciated your help. Your town's response was awesome and the people who jumped over the fence to help....especially Pharine, Dale, Johnny and Brad...are the bravest people I have ever known. Your town had a lot of heroes that day. Thank you.

Richard Fields said...

Oh, by the way, I noticed that Barry @8:50 mentioned a book written by Joe Clevinger. I would love to see that...does anyone know the name or where I could get a copy?
Thanks,

Richard Fields