EagleMed’s copter crash in Oklahoma kills 2, hurts 1

02/22/2013 10:19 AM

02/22/2013 10:20 AM

A medical helicopter crashed early Friday in Oklahoma City, killing two people and injuring a third.

The crash happened near the St. Ann Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, authorities told The Oklahoman.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said no one on the ground was seriously hurt or killed and that the person taken to OU Medical Center was believed to be on the helicopter with those killed.

One person on the ground suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, O’Leary said.

The helicopter belonged to EagleMed LLC, a Kansas-based medical transport company, O’Leary said.

No Wichita personnel were involved in the accident, said Andy Faletto, EagleMed director of operations in Wichita. But a team from Wichita has been sent to help with the investigation.

A large storm system had blanketed much of the Midwest and Plains in snow on Thursday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if weather may have played a role in the crash. The National Weather Service says it was clear and 20 degrees in Oklahoma City at the time of the crash.

In July 2010, an EagleMed helicopter crashed in a field in Kingfisher, about 50 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The helicopter’s pilot and a nurse on board the aircraft were killed in the crash.

On that flight, the EagleMed helicopter was headed from Oklahoma City to pick up a patient at a hospital 90 miles away. The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released a probable-cause report from the 2010 crash.

Contributing: Molly McMillin of the Wichita Eagle

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