Medevac Helicopter Crashes Killing 4
A medevac helicopter carrying five passengers, crashed in suburban Washington D.C., early Sunday, killing four, reported The Star Tribune.
Two police officers, including the pilot, died in the crash, as well as an Emergency Medical Services staffer and one of the victims of a traffic accident, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. Brady reported the other traffic accident victim survived the crash.
On its way to Prince George's County Hospital, the aircraft was diverted to land at Andrews Air Force Base due to bad weather. The pilot radioed for additional landing instructions but was not heard from afterward.
The accident is one of the deadliest since Maryland State Police started using medevac helicopters 40 years ago, reported The New York Times.
Nationwide, it is the eighth fatal medical helicopter crash this year.
According to Debbie Hersman, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, 30 people have died in those crashes, prompting a public hearing on the issue.