Helicopter emergency landing in Randolph County, records show age is 40 years

5 months 1 week 2 days ago Wednesday, March 04 2020 Mar 4, 2020 Wednesday, March 04, 2020 8:08:00 PM CST March 04, 2020 in News
By: Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter, Claire Bradshaw, KOMU 8 Reporter & Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

RANDOLPH COUNTY- A helicopter had to make an emergency landing on Wednesday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B.

The Air Evac Life Team* helicopter was headed from Kirksville to Boone Hospital to transport a patient around 6:40 p.m., said superintendent of Randolph County ambulance district Clay Joyner. The helicopter started to have mechanical issues and made an emergency landing.

The helicopter landed in a field near Highway 63.

Four passengers were on board at the time of the landing, including one patient.

Troop B said no one was injured. They also said the helicopter's landing gear is broken and the tail is bent. 

Another helicopter, MU 4 in Moberly, went to the scene to continue transporting the patient. The patient is in stable condition. 

The helicopter will stay in the field until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board can investigate, according to KTVO. NTSB is reportedly investigating on Thursday morning.

KTVO reported that an off-duty MSHP dispatcher happened to be in the area and saw the helicopter come in for a landing. He ran out to the field to assist.

According to the FAA database, the helicopter is just over 40 years old.

KOMU 8 is on the scene and will continue to update this story.

*Correction: We previously stated this was a Staff for Life Helicopter and MU Health was involved. It has been updated with the correct company name.

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