The Norman Transcript

June 13, 2013

Crash places helicopters under new scrutiny

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A commission that evaluates medical transport services has placed the accreditation of a Wichita, Kan.,-based company on hold following the third crash of one of its medical helicopters in Oklahoma since 2010.

Eileen Frazer, executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, said her agency will be looking for trends as it investigates the latest crash of an EagleMed LLC helicopter. Frazer said no decision will be made on revoking accreditation until investigations are complete. The crash occurred Tuesday night near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. Spokeswoman Janet Sharp said a patient in the helicopter died.

— AP