Pilot in Colorado medical helicopter crash dies, 2 injured

Jul 4, 2015 2:09 PM by News Staff

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in Colorado on Friday has died, but a flight paramedic and flight nurse aboard the crash are being treated at Denver-area hospitals and are expected to survive.

The fiery crash happened Friday afternoon next to Frisco's St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. The Summit Daily News reports that the helicopter crashed in a parking lot shortly after taking off, colliding with three vehicles and sparking a large fire.

The pilot has been identified as 64-year-old Patrick Mahany. The injured passengers haven't been named. Authorities say the helicopter was not responding to a medical emergency and that no patients were aboard.

Lake Dillon Fire battalion chief Shawn Sawyer said leaking fuel made it difficult to extinguish the fire.

Frisco is about 70 miles west of Denver, south of the Breckenridge ski area.

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