An AgustaWestland A109 medical helicopter carrying a donated heart for transplant crashed in Los Angeles on Friday, November 6.
The eight-seater helicopter ambulance registered to Prime Healthcare Air Transportation flipped onto its side after experiencing a hard landing on the roof of Keck Medicine Centre, University of Southern California (USC).
Three people were on board the private helicopter, the pilot and two medical personnel. The pilot suffered minor wounds whereas the medical personnel escaped without injuries.
The helicopter was carrying a heart from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The officials also said that nobody on the ground or in the hospital was injured.
In a statement, the hospital said that the organ was safely transplanted to the intended patient in time for surgery.
The helicopter service provider Helinet’s COO and President Sean M. Cross said:
“We are fully cooperating with the NTSB and FAA on their investigations. Our company prides itself on professional operation and maintenance of aircraft as core values – the safety of our customers and pilots is always our top priority.”
“We are happy that at this time there appear to have been no serious injuries.”
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