Tucson LifeNet Medical Helicopter Crash Kills 3

A Tucson medivac helicopter crash has left three people dead, the Associated Press and local Arizona media are reporting. The latest AP reports list the status of one person as dead, and two others as injured, but the AZ Daily Star is reporting that the other two crash victims died as they were being transported to the hospital for treatment. It was later confirmed that all three people onboard were either killed on impact, or died shortly after the crash.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, numerous 911 calls were made reporting the Tucson helicopter crash. The LifeNet medical helicopter, which was reportedly en route from Marana to Douglas before it crashed Wednesday afternoon, slammed into the ground and nearly into a house. The Tucson helicopter crash Wednesday took place near Glenn and Grant Road, just north of the University of Arizona campus.

According to the Associated Press, a witness indicated the rotor may have seized and left those aboard the LifeNet helicopter powerless to help themselves before crashing. The Tucson helicopter crash did not cause any injuries on the ground, and there were no patients in the helicopter. LifeNet is a non-profit which primarily deals with transporting organs for donation and transplant, according to LifeNet.com. The identities of the LifeNet personnel killed in today’s Tucson helicopter crash will be withheld from the public until the families can be notified.

A thorough on-scene investigation into today’s LifeNet helicopter crash is ongoing at this hour and may continue through Thursday, according to Arizona Daily Wildcat report. Tucson Police and Fire initially responded to the scene of the crash, and the FAA will join them to determine the cause of the crash.

Sources:

AZ Daily Star – 7/28/2010
Arizona Daily Wildcat – 7/28/2010
Associated Press
LifeNet.org

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