BREAKING NEWS: Medievac helicopter crashes in Pottsville [updated at 10:45 p.m.]
From Staff Reports
Published: Friday, May 30, 2008 10:46 PM EDT
Federal aviation officials will be in Pottsville Saturday to investigate the Lehigh Valley Hospital Medievac 5 helicopter that crashed in the 1400 block of Laurel Boulevard in the city around 8:50 p.m. Friday night during takeoff.
According to scanner reports, a medic and a nurse sustained minor injuries in the crash. The pilot was reportedly uninjured.
Firefighters at the scene had to block air intakes to deactivate the helicopter after the crash.
See Saturday's edition of The REPUBLICAN & Herald for more details on this story.
(This corrects an earlier version which identified the helicopter as Medievac 7.)
This was LVH Medevac 7. I believe the news article listed here is mistaken. They were taking off going to an auto accident when they lost power and landed in a lot. Initial reports were all 3 were medevaced out, but then more reports say minor injuries. I tend to believe the minor injuries, as it seems the bird was not very high up at all. I've been following this story all night. (Gotta love nightwork)
Thank you for using the FAA Public website and the
email link to advise the FAA of your concerns. The Harrisburg FSDO is
investigating the issues described in your email below. Inspector Eric
Manchon is the primary point-of-contact for your complaint and he can be
reached at 717-774-8271, x243 should you have further information to
The helicopter crash that you describe occurring near the Mazzuca helipad
is being investigated, separately, as an accident jointly by the NTSB and
the FAA. At present this investigation still ongoing and has not yet been
completed. Several of the preliminary findings about this aircraft's
performance are still in the process of being confirmed for accuracy with
the aircraft manufacturer.
I will share with you that it does appear that
one engine (this helicopter had two engines by the way) experienced a loss
of power during the takeoff, so the scanner reports that you mention would
seem to be at least partially accurate. And, there may be some validity to
the fire chief's statements as posted in the local newspaper as well. We
have been able to ascertain that the second engine was running up to and
probably continued to run for a short time after the crash.
does not indicate whether or not you were a witness to this crash. If you
were, we and the NTSB would be very interested in having you make a
statement about anything you may have observed during this unfortunate
event. Please contact me should you wish to provide a witness statement.