2 dead after Mercy Flight helicopter crashes in N.Y.

The helicopter was reportedly on a training mission at the time of the crash


UPDATE 3 p.m. PT

Rylee Kirk
syracuse.com

Elba, N.Y. — Two people died when a Mercy Flight helicopter crashed at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Western New York, said Maj. Eugene J. Staniszewski, commander of State Police Troop A in Batavia.

The helicopter hit power lines on the way down, but it is not believed that the power lines caused the crash, he said.

The helicopter was from Mercy Flight’s Batavia facility, he said. The facility is about 3.5 miles from where the helicopter crashed.

Troopers and other first responders will likely be on the scene overnight, he said.

It could take over a month before the cause of the crash is determined, he said.

The flight was a training mission, according to WHAM, a Rochester-based TV station.

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Original story

Elba, N.Y. — A Mercy Flight helicopter crashed Tuesday afternoon in Genesee County, troopers said.

The helicopter crashed at 1 p.m. near Norton Road in the town of Elba, according to a news release from the State Police. The town is a rural community of just over 2,000 people between Rochester and Buffalo.

Troopers did not say if there were injuries or if a patient was onboard.

The helicopter crashed near Edgerton and Norton roads, according to multiple media reports.

The crash is about 3.5 from a Mercy Flight facility in Batavia.

Mercy Flight is a not-for-profit emergency and non-emergency air and ground medical transport organization that operates largely in Western New York.

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