Medical helicopter crash in Ohio, US

Crash site image © OSHP

Two flight nurses and the pilot of a medical helicopter en route to pick up a patient died when the aircraft crashed in a remote woodland area at 06:55 hrs on 29 January. The pilot was named as Jennifer L. Topper, 34, and the flight nurses were Bradley J. Haynes, 48, and Rachel L. Cunningham, 33, who worked for Survival Flight. Andrew Arthurs, a Vice-President of Survival Flight, said in a statement he was ‘deeply saddened’ to share the news.

Dispatchers at Survival Flight reported losing contact with the Bell 407 while the aircraft was flying from Mount Carmelt Hospital to another facility in Pomeroy to transfer a patient, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The OSHP said: “At approximately 7:20 hrs, the Patrol was notified by Survival Flight that communication was lost with one of their helicopters. The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy.

Troopers from the Jackson Post, the Patrol’s Special Response Team and Aviation Unit responded to canvas the area using the last known location. At approximately 10:16 hrs., the Patrol located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of state Route 278 and south of King Hollow Trail in Brown Township.”


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