Three Injured In CareFlite Helicopter Crash
The crash of a helicopter operated by Dallas-area based CareFlite near Eastland on Sunday injured the pilot and two medics.
The 10-year-old Agusta 109 helicopter was on its way to pick up a patient when it crashed at around 9:30 a.m. near County Road 309, less than six miles from the Eastland Municipal Airport, where the patient was waiting.
The pilot attempted to redirect to a local airport due to limited visibility caused by bad weather. The company president and CEO Jim Swartz referred to the incident as a “hard landing.”
The three people on board were pilot Scott Wayne Wallace, 58, of Fort Worth; medic Teresa Lynn Campbell, 53, of Granbury; and Rhett Derek Drahen, 34, of Frisco.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety, all three were conscious and speaking after the crash.
All were taken to an Eastland hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.