Official: Accreditation on hold after Oklahoma crash

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A commission that evaluates medical transport services has placed the accreditation of a Wichita, Kan.,-based company on hold following the third crash of one of its medical helicopters in Oklahoma since 2010.

Eileen Frazer, executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, said Wednesday her agency will be looking for trends as it investigates the latest crash of an EagleMed LLC helicopter. Frazer says no decision will be made on revoking accreditation until investigations are complete.

EagleMed officials have not returned phone calls for comment.

However, another medical flight operation called LifeTeam based out of Newton says it is willing to step in and offer emergency flights, should the status of EagleMed change.

“We are fully equipped and have an outstanding record,” says Mike Johnson with LifeTeam. “And to make it clear, the FAA would make any decisions on the flight standing of any company.”

The FAA has been contacted by KSN. An FAA spokesman says the agency is checking to see if there will be any change in EagleMed status.

The EagleMed crash occurred Tuesday night near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. Spokeswoman Janet Sharp says a patient in the helicopter died, but it was uncertain whether the patient died due to the crash or a previous medical condition.

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