On 3 July, a Flight for Life Colorado helicopter crashed moments after taking off at St Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado, US. Two flight nurses onboard were injured, one critically, while Air Methods pilot Patrick Mahany lost his life in the accident. Lifeguard 2, an AS350 B3e helicopter, came down in the parking lot of the hospital, said Flight for Life Colorado. There were no patients onboard.
Mahany, 64, held a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He flew as a US Army scout helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and went on to serve with Flight for Life Colorado for almost three decades.
Eye witnesses told the local press that the helicopter appeared to be unstable as it struggled to gain altitude. A post-crash fire was quickly extinguished by local responders.
Air Methods commented via Facebook: “Our hearts go out to the pilot’s family and friends, and to the crews at FFL … The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB National Transportation Safety Board have our full co-operation as they further investigate the accident.”