Monday, September 10, 2012

MedFlight records show malfunctions: Seven mechanical incidents in choppers in past two years

Medical helicopters tasked with flying the Bay State’s gravest patients to Hub hospitals have faced multiple mechanical incidents in the past two years, including engine failures, reports of smoke and fire in cabins and, just last month, a door falling from a chopper in mid-flight, the Herald has learned.

Boston MedFlight, the Bedford-based nonprofit funded by six of Boston’s top hospitals, transports more than 3,000 people a year to hospitals, including 1,700 by air via four helicopters and a jet, said CEO and medical director Suzanne K. Wedel.

In its 27 years, MedFlight boasts a “stellar safety record and no catastrophic events,” she said.

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