Friday, November 06, 2020

Agusta A109S Grand, N109EX: Incident occurred November 06, 2020 in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Rotorcraft rolled over on its side while landing. 

Prime Healthcare Air Transportation LLC

Date: 06-NOV-20
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N109EX
Aircraft Make: AGUSTA
Aircraft Model: A109
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- One patient was treated after a helicopter crashed and was seen on its side on the helipad of the Keck Hospital of USC in the Lincoln Heights area Friday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the hospital on the 1500 block of San Pablo Street around 3 p.m. but there was no fire or known leak of fuel from the rotorcraft.

The agency added that the private air ambulance helicopter was transporting a donated organ to the hospital. Fire officials later said the donated organ was "safely retrieved" and handed over to hospital staff.

Officials initially said two people were being treated. They later clarified that one patient was transported with minor injuries and two other people who were on board the aircraft declined medical treatment.

No one on the ground was injured.

Details about what led up to the incident were not immediately available.

Norfolk Street was closed between Soto and San Pablo streets, and the public was being urged to avoid the area until further notice.


  1. It is true that the donated organ was "safely retrieved" and handed over to hospital staff. They tripped before getting off the helideck platform, but everything turned out okay.

  2. I saw the video ..... lucky they stayed on the rooftop.

    1. You didn't see the heart slide across the deck unless you watched the link in the comment above. The heart got dropped when the man walking with it tripped and fell.

      Yes, it is good that the chopper stayed on the roof deck.

    2. New video shows approach and apparent loss of tail rotor effectiveness:

  3. Full sequence video from hospital window