Helicopter has "hard landing" next to Doctors Hospital

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No was injured this morning when a Gold Cross emergency medical services helicopter had a "hard landing" after take-off from Doctors Hospital, said Todd Hatfield, director of operations for Gold Cross.

The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. as the Gold Cross helicopter took off from a helipad to the side of the hospital. Mr. Hatfield said the helicopter got about 100 feet up and out from the pad when both engines began to fail.

He said that because of buildings and cars below, he opted to return to the pad on the momentum and mimimal power left and nearly made it to the pad for what he called a "hard landing."

Only minimal damage was caused to a fence and the helicopter's landing gear. Mr. Hatfield said the helicopter was on the way to pick up a burn patient out of the area.


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