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Helicopter Carrying Donor Heart Crashes On Hospital Roof Before Medic Drops It On Floor

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Helicopter Carrying Donor Heart Crashes On Hospital Roof Before Medic Drops It On Floor

A helicopter carrying a donor heart crashed on the roof of the hospital's helipad before being saved and then dropped by a medic.

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The Agusta Westland A109 medical helicopter flipped onto its side atop the roof of Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The three people on board, including the pilot, sustained minor injuries, according to CBS.

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Footage of the scene showed numerous firefighters and hospital staff gathered on the roof, while the helicopter is lying on its side.

The clip shows a firefighter retrieving the organ, which appeared to be safe and sound inside a container, and handing it over to a medic.

Credit: Fox 5
Credit: Fox 5

But then, to make a bad situation even worse, the doctor who stepped in to collect the donor heart tripped and dropped it as he was walking away.

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Incredibly, the hospital told 10 News that the organ was delivered safely and on time to the patient who needed it and the doctor who tripped was not injured.

Giving an update on those involved, LAFD Battalion Chief Gene Bednarchik told CBS: "The pilot himself self-extricated from the wreckage and he was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

"The other two passengers that were in the aircraft also self-extricated and they're being treated here at the Keck Medical Centre."

Credit: Fox 5
Credit: Fox 5
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Officials also said the incident did not affect patient care at the hospital.

Pharmacist intern, Bahador Aghakoochek, told CBS: "I was inside the building working and then once we heard everyone run out and went out and saw it.

"It was like people were saying, 'Oh the helicopter the blade of the helicopter was coming down or something'.

"I didn't see anything personally but I know they were talking about debris flying from the air."

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Sean M. Cross, president of Helinet, the company that provided the helicopter, told 10 News: "We are fully cooperating with the NTSB and FAA on their investigations.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Our company prides itself on professional operation and maintenance of aircraft as core values - the safety of our customers and pilots is always our top priority.

"We are happy that at this time there appear to have been no serious injuries."

Featured Image Credit: Fox 5

Topics: US News

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