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Prescott Airport Helicopter Crash Sends Two to Level One Trauma Center
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02 August 2016   Fire Marshal Don Devendorf

Prescott Airport Helicopter Crash Sends Two to Level One Trauma Center

This morning, Tuesday August 2, 2016, at approximately 10:28AM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received notification from the FAA tower at the Prescott airport of a helicopter down on the airfield. Crash Fire Rescue resources from the Prescott Fire Department, as well as Life Line Ambulance, Prescott Police, and Airport staff, all went en-route to the incident. The first arriving unit, Foam 73, a specialized Crash Fire Rescue apparatus, found a downed helicopter, on its side, with severe damage, and two patients lying on the grass outside of the wreckage. The patients were both designated as Level 1 trauma victims, the highest level of trauma designation, due to the mechanics of the accident itself as well as their conditions.

Based on those findings, additional resources were dispatched to the scene, including a Native Air medical helicopter based in Prescott Valley and a second medical helicopter, Guardian Air, from Cottonwood.

The two male patients, both estimated to be in the 20’s-30’s, were assessed, treated, and packaged for air transport to Flagstaff Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Facility. The current condition of the patients is unknown.

There was a fuel leak from the wreckage but ignition sources were kept away from the fuel and no fire ensued.

The helicopter is operated by a local flight training company, based at the Prescott airport, but the owner of the aircraft was not determined at the time of this report.

Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter fall from the sky at an estimated height of 50 feet. The aircraft suffered extensive damage as can be seen in the attached photos.

There were no injuries to responders. The NTSB is on the scene investigating the crash.

Here is the radio audio from the tower. Note, there are periods of silence in this clip, and a lot of chatter. Listen for references to "Universal 25":

 

Photo credit to Don Devendorf and Airport Manager John Cox.