Flight Nurse Dies after Falling from Rescue Helicopter in Austin

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By George Hatcher

A flight nurse died after falling from an EC-145 helicopter in Austin, Texas, on April 27.

The nurse, identified as, 46-year-old Kristin McClain, was attempting to hoist a female hiker who had fallen near Barton Creek Greenbelt during hiking.

The nurse was pronounced dead at the spot.

The rescued woman was shifted to University Medical Center-Brackenridge with non-life-threatening injuries.

The helicopter is operated by STAR Flight. Program officials said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kristin’s family and friends during this difficult time… She will be greatly missed.”

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

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