Rescue Helocopter Crashes during Maintenance Flight

Sunday, November 10, 2013
By George Hatcher

A Metro Aviation / Life Air Rescue Eurocopter EC-135P-1 was on a test flight with the pilot and two mechanic aboard when it crashed in a field behind Metro Aviation. All three aboard were injured, and hospitalized at Willis-Knighton Hospital.

There was fuel on the ground, so emergency responders followed hazmat protocol. The accident was close to Shreveport Downtown Airport in a field at Hawn and North Thomas Avenue.

The leased EC135 experienced mechanical problems and was in for maintenance..

The affected helicopter has no history of problems, and has current certification. The cause of the incident has not yet been determined or released.

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