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Mon, Sep 01, 2014

UAV Causes Medical Helicopter Landing Delay

Larger Aircraft Said To Have Had A 'Significantly Hurt' Patient On Board

The landing of a CareFlight helicopter approaching Miami Valley hospital in Dayton, OH was delayed by a small UAV flying in the area, according to the company.

Television station WDTN reports that a CareFlight nurse aboard the helo was the first to spot the small aircraft flying in the vicinity of the hospital. The helicopter reportedly had a "significantly hurt" patient on board at the time.

The company notified both local police and hospital authorities in an effort to find the person operating the UAV before allowing the helicopter to proceed with its approach. The operator was taking aerial photos of a park in the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, which is near the hospital.

Beth Calcidise, the Program Manager of CareFlight, said that the man should have alerted her company before operating a UAV so close to the hospital's landing zone.

It was not reported if the UAV operator would face any charges either from local authorities or the FAA.

(Image for illustration purposes. Not UAV in incident)

FMI: www.faa.gov

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