Thursday, January 07, 2016

Black Hawk helicopter makes surprise landing at Lincoln County ranch

It was just another foggy winter day for Devin Sisk as she was driving to her rural home at Bonita Canyon Ranch near Corona Friday, but an exciting turn of events livened up the Sisk family's New Year's weekend. Sisk noticed a low flying Black Hawk helicopter, but didn't pay much attention since military aircraft are a common sight in the area. As she continued the trip home the fog became heavier. By the the time Sisk arrived at her house, the medical helicopter was landing, socked in by the poor visibility and dangerous flying conditions. The Army National Guard flight crew of three was on its way to help with clean up efforts in Carlsbad in the aftermath of the blizzard Goliath when it landed at the ranch. "They just asked if they could sit in the pasture for an hour or so until the fog cleared up," Sisk said. Sisk then opened her home to the unexpected house guests, inviting them in for coffee. When the fog did not lift in time for the crew to continue to their destination, they were invited to stay at the family's nearby bunkhouse for the night. "Anybody would have taken them in, we just got to be the lucky ones to have their company," Sisk said. The group was treated to hospitality typical of those in the ranching community. Sisk fed the three supper at her house and her mother-in-law, Beth Sisk, prepared breakfast for the trio the following morning...more

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