FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2019
For Information, contact:
Todd Bailey, MBA, CMTE, Vice President of Development
Columbus, Ohio – The following is in regard to media questions posed to MedFlight related to the medical helicopter accident on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 in Vinton County, Ohio.
According to Tom Allenstein, MedFlight President and CEO, “Yesterday, a tragic accident occurred involving our air medical colleagues at Survival Flight. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the team members who lost their lives as well as their families and friends. As it relates to MedFlight, we received a request to transport a patient from the Holzer-Meigs Emergency Room in Pomeroy at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29th. The assigned team’s pilot, working with the Operational Control Center at Metro Aviation, Inc., our aviation operator, determined that weather conditions at the time of request were below our program’s weather minimums. Each helicopter ambulance service has their own protocols for making decisions about whether it is appropriate to fly under given conditions. The results of the NTSB investigation is pending as it relates to the cause of this accident.”
Regarding this incident, please do not contact MedFlight’s Communication Center.
MedFlight is a not-for-profit, CAMTS-accredited air & ground critical care transportation company formed in 1995. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, MedFlight has 9 Helicopter bases and 3 Mobile ICU bases statewide.
Update 3:08pm: MedFlight teams have returned to service.
Right now, our attention and concern is with the families of those involved in today’s air medical helicopter crash. We offer our prayers and full support to our colleagues at Survival Flight during this difficult time.
Columbus, OH, 10:56 am. MedFlight is receiving details of a fatal air medical helicopter crash. This does not involve a MedFlight team. All MedFlight crews are safe and accounted for, and we remain on a safety stand down.
Please do not contact our Communications Center at this time.
Media inquiries can be directed to MedFlight Public Information Officer Todd Bailey, 614-580-9081.
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