Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad 9 Nov, 20, Source: HeliHub.com

A Leonardo AW109S Grand carrying a heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa crashed on Friday on the rooftop helipad of Keck Hospital of USC in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.  Helicopter N109EX is seen in this video to be spinning just prior to touching down heavily and rolling onto its port side.

The hospital issued the following statement “On Friday, Nov. 6, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a helicopter crashed on the helipad on the roof of Keck Hospital of USC. The passengers aboard the helicopter are being treated locally. Nobody on the ground or in the hospital was injured and patient care has not been disrupted. Keck Medicine is working closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department to manage and investigate the incident. Norfolk Street between Soto Street and San Pablo Street will remain closed until the area is cleared.  The helicopter was carrying a heart for transplant. The organ is currently being safely transplanted.”

Data from helicopter market intelligence specialists Parapex Media show that the helicopter is operated by Helinet Aviation Services and registered to Prime Healthcare Air Transportation LLC, which is part of Prime Healthcare – both companies are registered to the same Ontario address in California.

See also the HeliHub.com report for this accident at 06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

Photo source: Helinet online post

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