Northern Iowa Medical Helicopter Service to Resume

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By Ellen Kurt

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has scheduled resumption of medical helicopter service following a fatal crash.

The service was suspended following the crash on Jan. 2. 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.

The crash killed flight nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau, of Hanlontown; paramedic Russell Piehl, of Forest City; and pilot Gene Grell, a native of San Antonio.

Weather permitting, the service will return on Tuesday.

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