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EagleMed Replaces McAlester Chopper Following Crash

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MCALESTER, OK -- The medical flight company EagleMed has placed another helicopter in Pittsburg County following a fatal crash earlier this month.

The Wichita-based company says a EuroCopter AS-350 has now joined a Beechcraft airplane that's currently stationed there.

According to an NTSB preliminary report, the doomed chopper landed on the road on June 11 because another chopper was on the helipad at the Talihina hospital.

The first helicopter left and when EagleMed's chopper took off an hour later, it traveled 175 feet west when the rotors hit a 41-foot-tall metal light pole on the left side of the road, causing the crash, the report states.

The patient was killed and flight nurse Tosha Whitmire, who grew up in Coleman, was critically injured. The company says it is still accredited by a commission that evaluates chopper companies.