Sat, Jul 31, 2010
Three On Board Are Fatally Injured, Two Hurt On The Ground
A medical helicopter went down Wednesday in midtown Tucson,
AZ, fatally injuring all three people on board. The crew has been
identified as 61-year-old pilot Alex Kelly, 41-year-old flight
nurse Parker Summons, and 28-year-old paramedic Brenda French.
There was reportedly no patient on board at the time of the
Multiple media sources including United Press International
report that the aircraft impacted an outdoor wall adjacent to an
occupied house and was engulfed by a post-crash fire. One
eyewitness said the helo's rotors "stopped working", and the
aircraft pitched down toward the ground. Eicardo Carrasco said the
pilot somehow managed to steer the helicopter away from the house.
Two people on the ground were injured in the accident, and they
were taken to a local hospital
Tucson television station KGUN reports that the aircraft was
operated by AirMethods Corporation that was put into service just
last year and had only accumulated about 350 hours total flight
Kelly reportedly had some 14,000 hours as PIC.
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