Crane to remove crashed helicopter from UNM Hospital

Updated: 04/11/2014 11:08 AM | Created: 04/11/2014 11:04 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Crews plan to use a crane Saturday morning to remove a medical helicopter that crashed on UNM Hospital's roof two days ago.

According to UNMH, the National Transportation Safety Board has cleared the way for PHI, the company that owns the helicopter, to remove the aircraft.

PNM tells KOB that power will not be shut down during the operation.

UNM Hospital officials will meet Friday afternoon with representatives from PHI, UNM, PNM, the Albuquerque police and fire departments, the crane operator and structural engineers to finalize the move, which may require UNM Hospital and other areas of the university to switch from external to internal power sources for critical facilities.

The helicopter landed on its side at the edge of the hospital's roof while attempting to take off from the helipad on Wednesday evening.

The pilot suffered minor injuries and has been discharged from the hospital. Two other crew members on board were not injured. No patient was on board at the time of the crash and no UNMH patients or employees were injured.

"Everything worked as it should, and first responders did an amazing job," said UNMH spokesman Billy Sparks. "We are extremely fortunate that no one suffered major injuries and that no patients or employees were injured."

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash.

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