FRISCO, Colo. (NBC News) – A pilot was killed and two others were injured after a medical helicopter crashed outside of a Colorado hospital and burst into flames Friday, officials said.
There were no patients on board the Flight for Life Colorado helicopter, said Christina Brodsly, spokesperson for medical transportation company Air Methods. A flight paramedic and flight nurse on board were also injured, she said.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that our pilot was fatally injured, and our hearts go out to the pilot’s family,” Brodsly said.
The Airbus AS350 helicopter was taking off from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco when it crashed at around 2:42 p.m. local time (4:42 p.m. E.T.), landing in the parking lot of the hospital, officials and witnesses said.
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue said the aircraft was “fully engulfed in flames” when firefighters arrived. A witness told NBC affiliate KUSA that the helicopter appeared to be taking off in windy conditions when it spiraled out of control and crashed.
The names of the pilot and the two people injured were not released.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash.