Investigation underway into EagleMed after deadly crash

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

TALIHINA, OK -- A local nurse who was critically injured in Tuesday night's deadly medical helicopter crash is now recovering in a Tulsa hospital. We now know the patient on board, 49-year-old Michael David Wilson of Bethel, was killed.
Now an investigation is underway, not only into this crash, but the company's past safety record as well.

Shortly after take off from the Choctaw Nation Healthcare Center Tuesday night, the EagleMed chopper that was headed to Tulsa, crashed about 20 yards away from the hospital.

Hospital staff sprang into action, helping rescue those on board.

"All the proper procedures were followed and we actually ended up with enough staff wanting to come in, we had to turn them away because we didn't want to overcrowd the scene," said Brandy Griffin with the Choctaw Nation Health Services.

Several departments, including the FAA and NTSB spent the day surveying the wreckage. This is the third time one of EagleMed's medical helicopters has crashed in Oklahoma since 2010.

The most recent occurred in Oklahoma city in February, killed two people and critically injured a third, and no cause has been released yet.

A crash in Kingfisher in 2010 was blamed on pilot error. That crash killed the pilot and a nurse and seriously injured a paramedic.

Following Tuesday's crash, a commission that evaluates medical transport services placed the company's accreditation on hold

Our calls to EagleMed have not been returned.

The cause of Tuesday night's crash is still under investigation. The name of the Bryan County nurse has not been released. Officials tell us the other two crew members on board did not require medical treatment.


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