Pilot blamed for crash
Federal investigators say the probable cause of a medical helicopter crash near Kingfisher in 2010 that killed two people was the pilot's impaired judgment, due to medications. The National Transportation Safety Board released its probable cause report Thursday for the July 22, 2010, crash that killed pilot Al Harrison, 56, of Edmond, and flight nurse Ryan Duke, 35, of Oklahoma City. A paramedic on board survived. The report noted that toxicology reports on Harrison detected the presence of numerous medications, including a prescription narcotic pain reliever and other drugs with sedative effects. The report also says the surviving paramedic told investigators that during the flight, Harrison abruptly began a low-level maneuver “in an attempt to demonstrate a coyote hunt flight.”
The Bradley H. Wahnee Memorial Foundation will hold an Indian taco fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mary Lee Clark Indian Methodist Church, 1100 S Howard. The cost will be $6 per plate. Proceeds will help support a memorial golf tournament Aug. 9 at Fort Cobb State Park Golf Course. Wahnee, 19, was killed Sept. 22, 2009. For information call (580) 620-7999.
FROM STAFF REPORTS