Medevac Disaster

Sunday, April 26, 2009
By George Hatcher

What: Medical evacuation helicopter en route from Ponte Lettia heliport in Upper Corsica
Where: on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica in the mountainous area near the city of Bastia. The helicopter “brutally” flew into a mountain in poor weather.
When: Sun Apr 26, 2009
Who: Five people: two pilots, a medic and two patients
Why: In spite of bad weather (fog, wind and rain), there was no distress signal. The medical team hadn’t realized how close to delivery the mother was; the helicopter was en route to the hospital as the Frenchwoman was giving birth. Mother and newborn perished in the crash along with everyone aboard. A rescue team of 150 found the wreckage.

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