Sunday, May 04, 2014

Door comes off Mercy Flight helicopter during flight: Herman Hill Road and Abbott Road, Town of Boston, New York

NORTH BOSTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Mercy Flight representative confirms to News 4 that the door of one of their helicopters came off the track and fell from the helicopter into a creek below in North Boston on Sunday. 

The crew of a pilot, nurse and paramedic were the only ones on the flight.  They had previously left Women and Childrens’ Hospital where they had dropped off a patient and were heading back to the base in Olean when the incident occurred.

After the door came off the helicopter, the pilot landed the helicopter without incident, nearby in the area of South Abbott and Herman Roads in Boston.

No one on the helicopter or people in the area below were injured and there was no property damage.  The door was recovered and the helicopter put on a flatbed and taken to the Mercy Flight hanger in Buffalo.  Maintenance crews will now try to figure out why the door came off the helicopter.

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 Mercy Flight helicopter loses a door in flight; lands safely with no injuries
A Mercy Flight medical helicopter landed safely in the Town of Boston about 5:45 p.m. Sunday after a door flew off while in flight, Margaret Ferrentino, the company’s vice president and chief financial officer, reported.

Ferrentino said that none of the medical or flight crew was injured. The aircraft was en route back to its base in Olean from Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, she said.

The aircraft landed without incident in a baseball field at Abbott and Herman Hill roads, but the missing door was not recovered.

No patients were on board at the time.

Ferrentino said the helicopter was taken by truck to the Mercy Flight hangar in Cheektowaga for examination and repairs.