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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.
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.