McALESTER — Following a deadly crash earlier this month, a Kansas air medical transport company is resuming helicopter flights serving McAlester Regional Health Center.
Officials with Wichita-based EagleMed LLC announced Thursday the company based a Eurocopter AS350 at the hospital this week. The new aircraft replaces another Eurocopter AS350 that was based in McAlester and crashed earlier this month.
The company came under scrutiny after the previous helicopter crashed June 11 near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. A patient died in the crash, and three crew members were injured.
Jim Gregory, a consultant for EagleMed, said the company continued to use a Beechcraft King Air airplane to fly medical flights from the McAlester hospital after the helicopter crashed. EagleMed helicopters at other hospitals nearby also continued to serve the area, Gregory said.
In a statement, EagleMed President Larry Bugg said the company was “devastated” by the crash.
“At that same time, we know the community and southeastern Oklahoma count on our critical care air medical flights to save lives, so we are thankful to again have helicopter service based at McAlester hospital,” Bugg said in a statement.