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9:05 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Medical Helicopters Return after Fatal Crash

An EagleMed chopper lifts off from an accident scene.
An EagleMed chopper lifts off from an accident scene.
Credit EagleMed

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — Wichita, Kansas-based EagleMed LLC has resumed medical helicopter flights from McAlester Regional Health Center following a deadly crash of one of its helicopter taking off from the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina.

EagleMed officials say a medical helicopter was based at the McAlester center on Thursday.

Forty-nine-year-old Michael David Wilson of Bethel died following the June 11th crash that seriously injured the flight nurse and caused minor injuries to a paramedic and the pilot. The pilot told investigators that the aircraft crashed after its rotor blade struck a metal light pole.

EagleMed President Larry Bugg told The Oklahoman that the crash was devastating — but that the flights are needed for patients in the area.