Med Chopper Makes Emergency Landing

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Updated: 7/30/2010 9:07 am Published: 7/29/2010 7:00 pm

A medical chopper that made an emergency landing a mile from the Richard L. Jones Airport on Thursday is fixed and ready to fly back to its home in Sherman Texas, that according the property owner. However, FOX23 is being told that officials are going to wait until morning to test the chopper.

The pilot, paramedic and nurse were not hurt after the soft landing in a horse field in Jenks.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports on the concern because this is the third medical helicopter in one week to go down.

Two other accidents ended in tragedy.

After dropping off a patient from Durant at a Tulsa hospital, the Air Evac Life Team crew just filled up at the Jones Airport and was headed back to their home-base in Sherman, Texas, the pilot noticed the chopper was having mechanical problems and safely landed in a field near 102nd and Elwood in Jenks.

"We take every effort to provide safe operations and policy and procedures for our crew members and team members. The accidents are extremely unfortunate. We hate that and we can only do everything that we can to make sure that all the crews are safe at all times," says Judy Dyke, Air Evac Life Team Regional Base Operations Director.

There have been two other incidents involving medical helicopters in the last week. On Wednesday, a Colorado based medical chopper went down in Tucson, Arizona and landed in front of a home.

The crash killed all three people on board, a pilot, nurse and paramedic.

On Thursday, family and friends honored a pilot and nurse who were killed in Kingfisher last Thursday.

The paramedic remains in critical condition.

Federal investigators say witnesses saw the Eaglemed Medical chopper descending in an abnormal fashion and then hit the ground and burst into flames.

Federal authorities are still investigating all three medical helicopter incidents.

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