Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Polish helicopter crashes while on rescue mission

A helicopter from the Airport Rescue Service in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland, has crashed on Highway A-4 on its way to a crash site – two people were killed immediately and several more injured.

The helicopter, flying to the scene of an accident on the highway that included nine personal vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and buses, crashed before reaching the scene due to extreme weather conditions, including snowfall and heavy fog.

Krzysztof Gielska of the local fire services told Polish Radio Wroclaw that they have contact with one of the doctors who was in the helicopter the describes some of the injuries as “severe”.

One of the doctors in the helicopter crash was able to telephone the Europe-wide emergency 112 number which has allowed rescue services to pinpoint the location of the crashed helicopter.