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Helicopter makes emergency landing in Randolph County

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ABC 17 News
Emergency workers respond to a helicopter crash on Route B near Highway 63 in Randolph County.

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Mo. (KMIZ)

There were no injuries after a helicopter made an emergency landing in southern Randolph County on Wednesday night.

First responders tell ABC 17 News that a medical helicopter transporting a patient made an emergency landing near Highway 63 and Route B. The scene is near Clark, about 15 minutes south of Moberly.

The ambulance service said someone called in an aircraft crash at 6:40 p.m. Personnel found three crew members and a patient at the scene. First responders prepared a landing site for another medical helicopter to transport the patient.

Corporal Kyle Easley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Air Evac helicopter was en route to Columbia from Kirksville. The helicopter had a bent tail and minor damage to the landing gear.

Shelly Schneider, spokesperson for Air Evac's parent company Global Medical Response, said the pilot followed company protocols by landing the aircraft after it experienced a "mechanical issue."

"At this time the cause of the mechanical problem is unknown, but is under investigation by Air Evac," Schneider said. "Officials with the [Federal Aviation Administration] and the National Transportation Safety Board have also been notified."

Schneider said a helicopter with MU Health Care stationed in Moberly helped complete the transportation of the patient.

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Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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