Blackhawk Helicopter Drops Ammo Case through School Roof

May 18, 2018

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

Power was knocked out at Parkland Elementary School in El Paso,Texas yesterday afternoon when a 40-pound ammunition box fell from an Army Blackhawk helicopter through the school’s roof.  Fortunately, classes were over for the day and no students of faculty were put at risk.  The helicopter was en route to conducting gunnery exercises at nearby Fort Bliss when the incident occurred.

The damage was limited to the hole in the roof and posed no ongoing threat so students were able to return to school the next day.  Fort Bliss officials have, however, indicated they would reassess flight patterns as they investigate the incident.

For IT staff and management in school districts and businesses, this is a reminder that power outages are truly unexpected and can happen with no warning and with no expectation of a power-related event.  Such events pose a threat to technology that businesses and schools rely on each day as a surge or outage can cause a spike in voltage that damages circuitry and causes equipment failure.

The only way to protect networks, systems and data is to install a power protection system that provides backup power in the event of an outage, but also regulates power to eliminate risk of damage from spikes.  Systems can be configured to meet the needs or every business, providing power protection and backup power to as much or as little infrastructure as needed to ensure operational continuity.

The prospect of another ammo case dropping onto a school is extremely limited, but other outage-inducing events are fairly common.  From animals and human error to weather and equipment malfunctions, businesses across the country have to deal with outages every day.  Whether their technology is at risk is a function of their understanding of the damage an outage can cause and whether they have installed a power protection system.

Check out the hole in the roof of Parkland Elementary:

Edited by Erik Linask