LifeFlight helicopter makes precautionary landing

Posted April 17, 2013, at 9:18 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2013, at 2:01 p.m.

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CUMBERLAND, Maine — No injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon when a LifeFlight helicopter was forced to make a precautionary landing in a field in Cumberland.

No patients were on board when the chopper landed in a field off Winn and Cross Roads just after 5:30 p.m., according to Tom Judge, Executive Director of Lifeflight.

The three crew members were returning to LifeFlight’s Lewiston headquarters at Central Maine Medical Center after dropping off a patient at Maine Medical Center in Portland when the pilot noted air traffic control at the Portland Jetport that the chopper’s master caution light was activated, Judge said.

“LifeFlight operates twin engine helicopters for just this reason,” Judge said. “If the pilot receives a warning that something could be wrong with one engine, he doesn’t continue with forward flight. Instead he looks for the closest spot to safely land the aircraft where it can be inspected and evaluated.”

Judge said the fact that one of the engines was low on oil activated the caution light. The helicopter was not damaged once the pilot landed it.

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