Patient Dies After Medevac Helo Goes Down In D.C. | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Wed, May 31, 2006

Patient Dies After Medevac Helo Goes Down In D.C.

Three Crewmembers Injured

A critically ill patient being transported onboard a medical helicopter that went down Tuesday evening in Washington, DC has died at a local hospital.

Steven Gaston, 51, was picked up from Washington's Greater Southeast Hospital by a medevac Eurocopter EC-135 (file photo of type, below) at approximately 4:40 Tuesday afternoon, for transport to Washington Hospital Center. Janis Orlowski, the hospital center's chief medical officer, told the Washington Post Gaston's condition was "quite unstable" when he left the hospital, and that he needed a "tertiary level" of care.

The helo -- which was also carrying the pilot and two crewmembers -- experienced problems just before reaching its destination. Its pilot issued a mayday call about five minutes into the seven-mile trip to the hospital.

Witnesses say the helo fell from clear skies onto a golf course less than a mile from Washington Hospital Center.

"I could see [the helicopter] laboring," said witness Jay Speights, who was in the golf course parking lot at the time of the accident. He told the Post he watched the helicopter circle and heard its engine sputter, before it disappeared behind a hill. Speights said he then heard "a large metal object hitting cement."

Alan Etter, spokesman for the DC fire and emergency services department, said that as passersby and rescue crews responded to the accident, the pilot, flight paramedic and flight nurse also onboard the helo gave instructions on how to care for the patient.

Etter said Gaston's breathing tube was dislodged in the crash -- but by the time paramedics were able to remove Gaston from the scene, he was breathing again. Unfortunately, Gaston later died at the hospital, approximately six hours after the crash.

The as-yet unidentified crewmembers were injured in the accident, with all three listed as in serious but stable condition Wednesday.

It is not yet known what brought the helicopter down, or if the accident contributed in any way to Gaston's death.

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone re>[...]

ANN FAQ: You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You! For the better part of a dozen years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other ne>[...]

Airborne 11.17.17: Cabri G2 Heli-Upgrade, NBAA/KSMO, USAF Pilot Shortage

Also: Electronic Flight Bags, SNC's Dream Chaser, flydubai Buys 225 737 MAX, Scottish Airshow Nixed The FAA has approved Service Bulletin 17-009 for the Guimbal Cabri G2 that allow>[...]

Airlander 10 Gets Trashed... Again

'Broken in Two' -- This is the Airlander's Second Major Mishap The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 has been involved in yet another accident... this time when the massive >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC