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Pilot and Flight Nurse Killed in Oklahoma Medical Helicopter Crash; A Third Person is Critically Injured

It always seems even more tragic when a medical helicopter crashes because it inevitably involves people who work day and night in an attempt to save lives. The Friday crash in Oklahoma that left two people dead and a third person critically injured did not involve a patient, but the pilot and a flight nurse were killed.  The Eurocopter AS 350 helicopter reportedly was on its way to Watonga, Oklahoma, to pick up a patient. The aircraft, which was owned by Wichita-based air medical transport service  EagleMed,  crashed between a retirement center and a hospital but did not strike the buildings.  Several staff members reportedly rushed out to help a third person, and pulled him out just before a second explosion.  He was rushed to OU Medical Center in critical condition, according to media reports.  A Good Samaritan was treated and released at the scene, according to authorities. The entire Oklahoma area is mourning the two deaths of wonderful people they called “extended family.”  A terrible tragedy indeed.