Helicopter carrying 5-year-old Children’s Hospital patient crashes … – STLtoday.com


A St. Louis Children’s Hospital helicopter that was carrying a 5-year-old patient and four adults crashed Saturday night near Perryville, Mo., authorities said.

Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said he was not aware of any serious injuries. After the crash, the patient, the pilot and other adults who were in the helicopter were taken to a local hospital, Schaaf said.

The helicopter was transporting the 5-year-old to Children’s Hospital when it crashed at Highway C and County Road 234, according to the sheriff. The Perry County Sheriff’s department was called to the scene about 8:40 p.m.

It’s unclear why the helicopter crashed. The Federal Aviation Administration will arrive Sunday morning to investigate, Schaaf said.

Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team posted this message on its Facebook page:

“We would like to inform our fellow community and followers of an incident involving our own KidsFlight 1 helicopter. Today there was an accident involving three med crew members, a pilot and a patient in southern Missouri. We are happy to report that there were no fatalities. We will continue to update you as we know more information and appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we go through this situation.”

Two years ago, there was a fatal medical helicopter crash in St. Louis. Pilot Ronald Scott Rector, 52, died after his helicopter hit the side of a building at St. Louis University Hospital and crashed to the ground on March 6, 2015.

Later that year, a bird struck a medical helicopter as it landed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, cracking the windshield. No one was injured.


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