A medical helicopter pilot and flight instructor had been killed in a crash Tuesday throughout a coaching flight in western New York, in keeping with state police and the transport company.
The Mercy Flight helicopter went down at round 1 p.m. close to the Genesee County city of Elba, which is situated about midway between Buffalo and Rochester, stated Maj. Eugene Staniszewski at a information convention.
No sufferers had been on board, authorities stated. Mercy Flight stated the reason for the accident had not been decided, and that the crash occurred throughout an annual Bell Helicopter manufacturing unit coaching.
Buffalo-based Mercy Flight recognized the pilot as James Sauer, a retired New York state police pilot. The flight teacher, who labored for the helicopter producer, was recognized by state police as Stewart Dietrick, of Texas.
A photograph from the web site of the The Daily News in close by Batavia confirmed smoke rising from wreckage in a subject.
Staniszewski, of the state police, stated the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board would examine the reason for the accident. Weather didn’t seem like an element.
Downed energy traces had been seen close to the wreckage however should not believed to have contributed, Staniszewski stated.
“I don’t believe the lines caused the crash but the aircraft may have struck the lines on the way down,” he stated.
Mercy Flight transports sufferers to space hospitals in a Bell 429 helicopter, in keeping with the not-for-profit company’s web site. The twin-engine plane was housed on the Genesee County Airport, which is rather less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the crash website.
The company known as it an “unspeakable tragedy.”
“This is a very dark day for the Mercy Flight family, we are so grateful for the expressions of love, concern and support expressed by many,” stated company president Margaret Ferrentino.
Mercy Flight stated it briefly suspended operations to let their workers grieve and guarantee different helicopters may very well be safely operated. The company stated any requests it receives in the meantime shall be routed to different native resources.
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