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February 23, 2013

Two killed in helicopter crash

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Oklahoma City received a dusting of snow from a large storm system that has been moving eastward through the nation’s midsection this week. Woodard said the skies were clear Friday morning when the helicopter crash-landed in the northwest of the city.

“I think the pilot did a miraculous job landing it where he did,” Woodard said. “It’s 65 feet from a nursing home on one side and 150 feet from a retirement village on the other.”

Federal Aviation Administration investigators were at the scene within hours, combing through the helicopter’s charred remains. An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was en route late Friday afternoon, an NTSB spokesman said.

One person on the ground suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, said Lara O’Leary, a spokeswoman with Emergency Medical Services Authority.

In July 2010, an EagleMed helicopter crashed in a field in Kingfisher, about 50 miles northwest of Oklahoma. The helicopter’s pilot and a nurse onboard the aircraft were killed in the crash.

On that flight, the EagleMed helicopter was headed from Oklahoma City to pick up a patient at a hospital 90 miles away. The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released a probable-cause report from the 2010 crash.

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