Saturday, April 14, 2012

St. Luke's Careflight Damaged In Hard Landing

ABERDEEN, SD -  An Avera St. Luke’s Careflight pilot has been treated and released from the hospital after a hard landing on a gravel road in Aberdeen early Saturday morning.

The pilot was the only person on board as the air ambulance was flying to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital after refueling at the airport. An unusual noise prompted the pilot to make a precautionary landing in the northeast part of town near the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Officials are crediting the pilot for avoiding nearby power lines and homes. The helicopter sustained significant damage during the hard landing.

Avera St. Luke’s is suspending its air ambulance service for now. But it expects to resume in a matter of days.

The FAA is investigating the incident. Careflight is a contracted service through Med-Trans Corp of Dallas.

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