An Air Link helicopter crashed Wednesday night in Christmas Valley while attempting to land and pick up a patient. Four crew members were injured and transported to area hospitals.
The crash occurred about 5:30 Wednesday night. Several Christmas Valley locals said they saw or heard the crash.
“Normally when Air Life comes in over the house we go out and watch it,” said Becky Widenoja, manager of the Christmas Valley Market. “Last night we were busy and didn’t go out to watch it. We heard it come in. We could tell he was fighting the wind a little bit. And then we heard a gust of wind and the helicopter made a weird noise and we heard it hit the ground. We went out to see what happened and saw the wreckage.”
Widenoja says she watched Christmas Valley EMTs who were on the scene to meet the helicopter and load a patient run toward the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirms the Airbus AS350 helicopter, that came from Klamath Falls, crashed and is investigating with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Widenoja said all the injured flight crew members were transported, “and that they did meet the other helicopter in Fort Rock to have them transported, the more critical ones, transported by helicopter. And one ambulance went by ground.”
Global Medical Response, the parent company of Airlink Critical Care Transport, issued a statement asking the public to keep the injured flight crew and their families in their thoughts and prayers.