Coast Guard crews train to escape helicopter crash in water
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northern Michigan is known for its lakes, and each year U.S. Coast Guard crews from Air Station Traverse City train for a worst case scenario, a helicopter landing in water.
A video showing the training in a pool was recently posted on Air Station Traverse City's Facebook page.
According to the post, every member of Air Station Traverse City who flies aircraft goes through Underwater Egress training.
The training simulates an aircraft landing in the water and allows crews to practice in a more realistic environment.
With helicopters being very top heavy, the first thing it will do when hitting water is roll 180 degrees, putting it upside down.
The training simulates this type of landing and helps show the challenge of getting out of a helicopter, upside down and full of water.