Medical helicopter crash lands in Missouri, injuring 3

Sunday, December 19, 2010 | 4:56 p.m. CST

LA MONTE — A medical helicopter has crashed landed shortly after takeoff in western Missouri, injuring three members of the flight crew.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Nate Ahern said the Staff for Life helicopter had just taken off from a helipad in La Monte on Sunday to respond to a call when it lost one of its engines. The helicopter came down at the landing zone, crashing onto the helipad located about 10 miles west of Sedalia.

Doug Briscoe, owner of American Paramedical Services Inc., told The Sedalia Democrat that the three injured were the pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic. No patient was on board at the time of the crash.

Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the FAA, said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The names of the injured were not released. They were all taken to a hospital in Columbia.


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Patrick Grant December 20, 2010 | 2:01 a.m.

The helicopter in the accident doesn't have two engines, only one...

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