When we think of a professional towing and recovery company, we usually envision disabled automobiles, trucks, or campers being towed from a breakdown or accident location to a secure location. This happens all too frequently, particularly in mountainous areas where professionals like Alpine Towing and Recovery operate.
Occasionally, another type of recovery is necessary that only highly skilled and specially equipped companies are qualified to perform. Airplane recovery requires a unique set of skills and strategies that reach well beyond the average vehicle towing. Many times aircraft must be recovered on or near an airport runway and must be moved to allow normal operations to resume. Unfortunately, sometimes airplanes go down in the most remote areas where ordinary road vehicles cannot reach.
Certification for Aircraft Recovery
Certified airplane recovery specialists are skilled in the extraction of downed aircraft and are experienced in protecting the scene for further investigation of cause. Once the site is secured, the process of moving the airplane can begin.
Equipment for Airline Recovery
The appropriate equipment for aircraft recovery depends on the type and location of the airplane. Some equipment companies specialize in products that facilitate aircraft recovery. Some types of equipment include:
● Lifter bags using compressed air
● Multisling equipment using a crane or other lifting devices
● Tethers to stabilize the aircraft while lifting
● Load indicating devices
● Universal fuselage lifting systems
In some cases, the plane may need to be dismantled for removal because of the remote location.
Role of the Aircraft Recovery Company
In this type of emergency, certified companies must be prepared for any aircraft recovery. Naturally, the size and location of the aircraft will determine the types of equipment needed to access, dismantle (if required), and tow the plane to a designated area.
With the initial call for assistance, the recovery company must determine the best approach while dispatching the necessary specialists and equipment to begin the job. Recovery personnel must first ensure that the site and wreckage are not disturbed until the essential medical and investigatory authorities have been able to perform their functions. During the time on the scene, the recovery company will provide:
● Accident scene management and security
● Press and media management
● Aircraft disassembly as needed
● Recovery and Transport of aircraft
● Environmental clean-up and restoration
Alpine Towing Aircraft Recovery Services
Alpine Towing operates from locations in the front range of the Colorado Rockies. The experts at Alpine have years of experience assisting in the recovery of aircraft throughout the mountainous terrain. Alpine is equipped with vehicles to access the toughest terrain and the equipment needed to dismantle, load, and tow downed aircraft.
For questions regarding our 24-hour aircraft or vehicle recovery services, contact Alpine Recovery & Towing at one of their offices in Buena Vista, Salida, and Woodland Park CO. Phone 1-800-869-2869.