A terrifying moment when a helicopter with a donor heart crashes on the roof of the LA hospital – but the organ is saved before a doctor drops it and transplant it into a patient
- The helicopter flew from San Diego to Keck Hospital in East Los Angeles on Friday
- The medical helicopter carried a donor heart that was about to be transplanted
- Shortly after 3:15 p.m., the helicopter flew to the helipad on the roof
- The amateur video shows a helicopter spiraling out of control during landing
- The helicopter fell on its side and debris flew towards the sidewalk
- The pilot suffered minor injuries and two others on board were uninjured
- Firefighters used "jaws of life" to regain the heart and gave it to the medical worker
- But the medic tripped and fell and dropped the organ on the floor
- Fortunately, the organ was not damaged and the transplant was successful
A helicopter taking a donated human heart to a hospital in East Los Angeles crashed on the roof Friday, but the three people on board escaped without serious injuries and the organ was eventually transplanted despite a doctor pointing it out Dropped the ground.
A dramatic amateur video shows the private eight-seat helicopter ambulance spiraling out of control just before the pilot was supposed to land it on the roof of Keck Hospital in Boyle Heights just after 3:15 p.m. on Friday.
As the AgustaWestland AW109 medical helicopter descended to the helipad, it suddenly turned to the edge of the roof before landing on its side.
Hospital officials said no one was injured in or around the facility. According to KTLA-TV, passers-by ran outside after debris fell from the helicopter.
An AgustaWestland AW109 medical helicopter flying out of San Diego is seen above as it prepares to land on the roof of Keck Hospital in east Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. The helicopter carries a donated human heart that is to be transplanted
A dramatic amateur video shows the private eight-seat helicopter ambulance spiraling out of control just before the pilot was supposed to land it on the roof of Keck Hospital in Boyle Heights just after 3:15 p.m. on Friday
The video shows the helicopter spinning out of control as it approaches the helipad
Doctors at the hospital said they felt a "slight, brief jolt".
"The plane is stable on the helipad side," LAFD said shortly after the crash.
"There doesn't seem to be a significant fuel leak."
News reports showed the helicopter on its side on the roof, the rotor blades gone.
The pilot was slightly injured and two other people on board did not report medical problems and refused treatment, fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
The plane landed on its side. Fortunately, none of the three people on board were seriously injured
The pilot was hospitalized with minor injuries. He can be seen on top of a stretcher
The Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Services used the "jaws of life" to find the organ that was on the plane
Emergency services then gave the organ to a medical worker, who stumbled and fell and dropped the heart. Fortunately, the organ was not damaged
"The donated organ that was transported was safely retrieved by LAFD firefighters and given to staff at USC County Hospital," the fire department tweeted.
The video shows rescue workers working quickly to rescue the organ that was stranded in the helicopter. They used the "jaws of life", the nickname for hydraulic rescue tools, to cut through the metal and salvage the heart.
They managed to hand the organ over to a medical worker, who immediately turned and rushed to the hospital.
But the medic then stumbled over the remains of a helicopter and dropped the heart. Fortunately, the organ was not damaged.
The hospital later said the heart was transplanted.