Helicopter Crashes on Hospital Roof


 
 

James Prichard | | Friday, May 30, 2008


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A medical helicopter crashed on the roof of a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, catching fire moments after the two people on board escaped with minor injuries, authorities said.

The pilot and passenger were in stable condition after the crash at SpectrumHealth Butterworth Hospital, said Richard Breon, president and CEO of SpectrumHealth. No patients were aboard the chopper, which crashed about 11 a.m. on a helipad atop the hospital.

The helicopter landed on its side and the two people got out before it caught fire, Fire Chief John VanSolkema said.

"There's not a whole lot left, but you can tell it was a helicopter," VanSolkema said.

Crash debris was found near the hospital, but there were no reports of injuries or damage on the ground. patients evacuated

It was too soon to determine whether the building had sustained any structural damage, VanSolkema said.

All surgeries at the hospital were temporarily canceled, but pediatric surgeries were resumed later in the day, Breon said. Patients were evacuated from several floors of the hospital but returned to their rooms later.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Operations and Protcols

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Baltimore Man Rescued from Building Collapse

Rowhouse collapse traps a worker in the basement area.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

A Night with Wisconsin’s Busiest Medic Unit

Ride along one night with the paramedics of MED 5.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Patient Dies in West Virginia Ambulance Rollover

Marion County Rescue Squad crew is injured in collision.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rescue Volunteers in Syria

White Helmets group at work during fighting.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Boulder Pins Colorado Hiker

Wilderness EMS team frees trapped hiker.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

North Dakota Oilfield Medics

Tactics used in offshore platforms tailored to the remote areas.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >