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Pilot Patrick Mahany, 64, killed, and 2 crew members survive fiery helicopter crash after takeoff in Frisco, Colorado

Modified Date: 
Fri, 09/15/2017 - 7:16am
Accident Date: 
Friday, July 3, 2015

Witnesses say helicopter crashed on take off in Frisco

Witnesses say a medical helicopter crashed on take off in Frisco Friday afternoon. Curt Weitkunat told 9NEWS the helicopter is a Flight for Life chopper based at St. He said the aircraft was attempting to lift off in windy conditions when it began to spiral and then came crashing down. At this time it is unknown if there were any injuries or deaths.

Pilot killed in medical helicopter crash in Summit County

A medical helicopter crashed in Frisco Friday afternoon, and Lake Dillon Fire officials say at least two people were able to escape. A witness tells the station that the helicopter began to spiral out of control and crash into the ground. Anthony Summit Medical Center Friday afternoon. There was no immediate word on whether the two people on the helicopter were injured. 

Helicopter that crashed dedicated last year

The helicopter had a more powerful engine and was considered a state-of-the-art upgrade from the hospital's previous medical helicopter. The helicopter that crashed in Frisco Friday afternoon had only been in service for less than a year. 

Flight For Life Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash: 'Deeply Saddened'

The Flight for Life pilot who was killed in a helicopter crash in Frisco on Friday is being remembered in the community. '€œOne of our flight for life helicopters went down with the crew,'€ said Jodie Taylor, Trauma Medical Director for St. Two other vehicles in the parking lot of the medical center were destroyed when the helicopter burst into flames. Mahany had been a pilot with Flight for Life since 1987. We can also confirm that the flight paramedic and flight nurse on board received injuries, and there were no patients on the aircraft.

Frisco helicopter crash survivor in critical condition, 2nd in fair

Two of the flight crew were injured in the crash and are currently being treated in Denver area hospitals; one is in fair condition and the other is in critical condition. 

Fellow Pilot On Loss Of Flight For Life Pilot: 'It's An Absolute Tragedy'

Vietnam-era pilots gathered in Golden Saturday evening to remember one of their own who died in a Flight For Life helicopter crash in Frisco on Friday. For now fellow helicopter pilots are reluctant to speculate what went wrong.  

Blood Drives In Honor Of Flight For Life HelicopterCrash

Two blood drives have been organized to honor the pilot killed and two nurses injured in the Flight For Life helicopter crash in Frisco earlier this month. The Flight For Life helicopter crashed right after departure from the St. The blood drive is open to the public but all the appointments are full. The Bonfils Flight For Life Replenishment Drive is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. '€“ 3:30 p.m. on July 28 at 340 Peak One Drive in Frisco. Another blood drive has been scheduled for July 30 in Westminster.

Frisco crash survivors sue, claiming helicopter was defective

"This was a preventable crash," Rietz, who is representing the survivors' families, said in a written statement. Lawsuits filed on behalf of David Repsher and Matthew Bowe who suffered serious injuries in the Flight for Life crash Lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of the two seriously injured survivors of a July Flight For Life helicopter crash in Frisco, claiming the helicopter malfunctioned and was not safe to fly. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of 45-year-old David Repsher and 32-year-old Matthew Bowe. The lawsuits name the helicopter operator, Air Methods Corporation, the manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters S.A.S and the distributor, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. as defendants. The helicopter pilot, 64-year-old Patrick Mahany of Silverthorne , died in the crash.

Lawsuits Filed Over Medical Helicopter Crash InFrisco

Lawsuits have been filed against the operator and manufacturer of a medical helicopter that crashed in Frisco, killing the pilot and injuring a flight nurse and paramedic. The lawsuits name Air Methods Corp., the helicopter operator, and the manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters. The lawsuits filed Friday on behalf of the survivors say a rotor malfunctioned, sending the helicopter spinning out of control before it hit three vehicles and caused a large fire. It killed pilot Patrick Mahany and injured paramedic Dave Repsher and flight nurse Matt Bowe. Federal investigators have not determined the cause of the crash.

It Was A Preventable Accident Says Lawyer In Flight For Life CrashLawsuit

Less than a month after a fiery helicopter crash in Summit County, a lawsuit has been filed. On July 3 in Frisco a flight for life helicopter slammed to the ground just seconds after it took off. The National Transportation Safety Board hasn'€™t completed an investigation into the crash. And we'€™ve concluded that it was a preventable accident,'€ said attorney Peter Rietz. Dave Repsher and Matt Bowe were the on-board flight nurses who survived the crash.

Video: Fire erupted seconds after Flight for Life crash

KUSA - Flames erupted from a Flight for Life helicopter less than three seconds after it smashed to the ground July 3 in Frisco – a horrifying scene captured by a nearby surveillance camera. The helicopter, an Airbus AS350 B3e that went down a little more than 30 seconds after taking off from St. Roughly a minute after the crash, Bowe emerges from what had been the left side of the helicopter as a bicyclist comes into view, attempting to help. The second flight nurse on board, Matthew Bowe, sustained less-serious injuries and was out of the hospital in a matter of days. Flight nurse Dave Repsher was burned over 90 percent of his body and remains in critical condition at University of Colorado Hospital.

Fiery helicopter crash speeds up fuel system discussion

The statement, announced on the company's YouTube page, follows a five-month 9Wants to Know investigation into antiquated helicopter fuel systems. Our investigation has found, among other things, most of the helicopters registered in Colorado are not equipped with fuel systems that would survive a relatively low-impact crash. In July, an Airbus AS-350 B3e Flight for Life helicopter crashed in Frisco thirty seconds after takeoff and quickly ignited. "Flight for Life Colorado fully supports the research and development of new crashworthy fuel systems for our helicopters," explained Program Director Kathy Mayer in the same video. Surveillance video obtained by 9Wants to Know shows fuel pouring out of the aircraft six seconds after impact.

Hockey Tournament Held To Benefit Flight For Life Nurse Injured In HelicopterCrash

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4) – A hockey tournament was held at Copper Mountain this weekend to raise money for a Flight For Life nurse who was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in Frisco. The money is going to help Dave Repsher, who was hurt in the July 3 crash. He still remains in the hospital but is now conscious and was able to have the phone on speaker during the presentation Saturday night. Organizers were hoping to raise $40,000 but actually raised $80,000. Repsher’s cousin also played in the hockey tournament

Widow remembers husband killed in medical chopper crash

Nine months after her husband died in a fiery Flight for Life crash in Frisco, Karen Mahany still has it. It’s a constant reminder of the character of the man she fell in love with long ago.

Wife of pilot killed in Flight for Life crash lobbies for change

Ten months after her husband died after the crash of a Flight for Life helicopter in Frisco, Karen Mahany told members of Congress they needed to do more to protect the lives of air medical crews across the country.

Colorado flight nurse burned in helicopter crash begins new life with help of kidney donation

Repsher was a full-time ski patroller before deciding to become an ambulance paramedic, then a nurse while still serving as a ski-patrol volunteer. Martinez, an electrician by trade, loves his volunteer work keeping the slopes safe.   

People Involved: 
Patrick Mahany
David Repsher
Matthew Bowe
City: 
Frisco, CO
Area: 
Denver, CO

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