Hospital Gets New Helicopter After Crash


By Aaron Hepker

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A hospital in northern Iowa is receiving a temporary helicopter after its permanent service was halted by a crash.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa will get the helicopter from Med-Trans Corp. as early as Monday.

Med Trans provides helicopter transportation services to the hospital. Mercy has not announced when they will resume patient transportation services.

Mercy's helicopter services were suspended after a Jan. 2 crash killed the pilot and two others on board. A preliminary federal report suggests investigators will check icy conditions to try to determine what caused the crash.

The helicopter had been headed to Emmetsburg, about 80 miles west of Mason City, to pick up a patient when it slammed into the ground just north of Ventura.

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