NTSB prelim. report says medical helicopter hit light pole


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Updated: 6/20/2013 3:33 pm Published: 6/20/2013 3:23 pm


A preliminary report released by the NTSB said a medical helicopter that crashed after taking off in Talahina had a blade hit a light pole. 

The report found the EagleMed helicopter began a normal take off hover and the pilot intended to follow follow the center of the road in a westbound direction. The report found when the helicopter was 175 feet west from the takeoff location, the left side of the rotor blade disk hit a 41 foot tall metal light pole on the left side of the road.

According to the report the pilot lost control of the helicopter and it crashed 230 feet from where it took off.  The crash caused a small fire.  The passenger on the helicopter was killed and a nurse was seriously injured.  The pilot and paramedic on board suffered minor injuries. 

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