Nurse dies of injuries after helicopter crash

Ponca City Now - October 9, 2014 7:48 am

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) – Officials say an Oklahoma nurse on a medical helicopter that crashed over the weekend in north Texas has died from her injuries.

Air Evac Lifeteam says 27-year-old Leslie Stewart died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital. Stewart was part of a team aboard a medical helicopter that was transporting a shooting victim from Waurika, Oklahoma, to United Regional Health Care in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Air Evac Lifeteam vice president Daniel Sweeza says the company is devastated by Stewart’s death.

The helicopter crashed a few blocks from the hospital early Saturday. The patient, 26-year-old Buddy Rhodes, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration, investigators believe the helicopter collided with power lines during its descent, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 

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