Believed To Be First EMS LODD of 2013
TWO MEDICAL HELICOPTERS WENT DOWN Wednesday in separate incidents, but in both cases there were no patients on board the aircraft.
The first accident took place near Seminole, Oklahoma, when a Mediflight helicopter crashed in an open field about 5 minutes after it had taken off in Seminole. The plane was heading to the Creek Nation Hospital in Okemah to pick up a patient. There were four people on board, a nurse, two paramedics, and the pilot who all survived the crash. All four had serious but non-life threatening injuries.
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AROUND 9 PM CENTRAL A HOSPITAL HELICOPTER crashed amidst an explosion in a field in northern Iowa Wednesday night. The Associated Press reports:
A nurse, a paramedic and a pilot died when a medical helicopter crashed and burst into flames in a field in northern Iowa.
No patient was on board the helicopter from Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa when it slammed into the ground just north of Ventura in Cerro Gordo County around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The hospital identified two of the victims as employees: nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl. The pilot was not identified. The helicopter was operated by a Lewisville, Texas-based company, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport.
Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa spokeswoman Jodi Ball said the helicopter had been headed to Emmetsburg to pick up a patient. Emmetsburg is 78 miles west of Mason City. Ventura sits 17 miles west of Mason City.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier has more HERE.
In neither incident has the cause of the crashes been determined yet.
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