November 23rd, 2010
HELICOPTER NEEDED LIFTUncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.
An AirMed helicopter needed a lift after a wind gust caused a tailspin.
From UDOT Region One’s man on the street, the one and only Vic Saunders:
On Monday, November 22, an AirMed helicopter from a Salt Lake City hospital responding to a run-off-the-road crash on westbound I-84 near Riverdale, got a big surprise when, just as it landed, a wind gust blew its tail rotor into a roadside delineator post. That collision shattered the carbon-fiber tail rotor and instantly grounded the helicopter, sending the crash victim it was to transport to Salt Lake to an Ogden hospital by ambulance instead.
Meanwhile, a flat-bed semi truck and crane were dispatched on Tuesday, November 23, to transport the chopper from the scene back to a repair facility in Salt Lake.
Once the crane arrived, it took on a few minutes to get the air ambulance “airborne” again, before setting it down gently on the back of the tractor-trailer, for a quick trip to the repair facility.