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Pilot killed, 2 injured in ‘Flight for Life’ helicopter crash in Colorado

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A St. Anthony's Hospital-Summit Flight for Life medical helicopter crashed and caught fire at St. Anthony's Hospital Friday afternoon, July 3, 2015, in Frisco, Colorado. (Photo: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

FRISCO, Colo. (KDVR) — The pilot of a “Flight for Life” helicopter was killed and two crew members were injured Friday when the copter crashed at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco Friday afternoon.

The pilot was identified as 64-year-old Patrick Mahany, a Vietnam War veteran.

The other two crew members were airlifted to higher levels of care in the Denver area.


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A Summit Medical Center employee who responded to the crash suffered minor injuries.

There was no patient on board the helicopter.

The helicopter crashed at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Friday afternoon. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue got the call around 1:45 p.m. Frisco is off of I-70 about 70 miles west of Denver.

When crews arrived, the helicopter and two nearby vehicles were engulfed in flames. The helicopter went down in an employee parking lot west of the hangar.

Fire officials reported that the helicopter had crashed shortly after take off and then caught on fire.

The investigation into what caused the crash was just beginning late Friday afternoon.

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