HYDRO, Oklahoma – A medical helicopter crashed in western Oklahoma, killing all three people on board, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report revealed that a dead goose was found in part of the helicopter’s flight control system, and others were found in the debris field.
Although the report did not cite a suspected cause of the crash, it mentioned the presence of the goose in the flight control system. The tragic incident took place on Jan. 20 in a pasture near Hydro, about 60 miles west of Oklahoma City. The helicopter was returning to Weatherford after taking a patient to an Oklahoma City hospital when the incident occurred.
The pilot and both Air Evac Lifeteam crew members, a flight nurse, and a paramedic, were killed in the crash. The NTSB stated that the investigation could take up to two years to complete before determining the probable cause.
The discovery of the goose in the helicopter’s flight control system raises questions about the possible factors that led to the crash. This incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of flying and the potential risks posed by wildlife to aircraft. The investigation will likely delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding the crash and the measures that could have prevented it.
As the investigation continues, authorities will work to piece together the events leading up to the crash. The findings of the report will offer valuable insights into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and may lead to improved safety measures in the future. The aviation community and the families of the victims eagerly await the final report to gain a better understanding of the factors contributing to the crash.