A medical helicopter pilot and flight instructor had been killed in a crash Tuesday throughout a coaching flight in western New York, in line with state police and the transport firm.
The Mercy Flight helicopter went down at round 1 p.m. close to the Genesee County city of Elba, which is positioned 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 facility 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 Day by day Information in close by Batavia confirmed smoke rising from wreckage in a area.
Staniszewski, of the state police, stated the Federal Aviation Administration and Nationwide Transportation Security Board would examine the reason for the accident. Climate didn’t look like an element.
Downed energy traces had been seen close to the wreckage however usually are not believed to have contributed, Staniszewski stated.
“I don’t imagine the traces brought on the crash however the plane might have struck the traces on the best way down,” he stated.
Mercy Flight transports sufferers to space hospitals in a Bell 429 helicopter, in line with the not-for-profit firm’s web site. The dual-engine plane was housed on the Genesee County Airport, which is rather less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the crash website.
The corporate known as it an “unspeakable tragedy.”
“It is a very darkish day for the Mercy Flight household, we’re so grateful for the expressions of affection, concern and assist expressed by many,” stated firm president Margaret Ferrentino.
Mercy Flight stated it quickly suspended operations to let their staff grieve and guarantee different helicopters could possibly be safely operated. The corporate stated any requests it receives within the meantime might be routed to different native sources.
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