Search And Rescue Plane Damaged After Sunday Call
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 1, 2017
A heart attack victim last week was successfully assisted by Park County Search and Rescue, but the team did not come out of the incident unscathed.
Deputy Lance Mathess with the Park County Sheriff’s Office says the call itself was routine – a 69 year old man who was on a field trip with the University of Utah in the Mormon Creek area was displaying symptoms of a heart attack.
While the Reach Air Medical team did get the victim to the hospital in time via helicopter, another air support vehicle did not fare so well. As part of the rescue effort, Search and Rescue team member Bill Holder was piloting the organization’s plane. When it came time to land, however, the plane skidded off the runway at Yellowstone Regional Airport.
Holder was uninjured, but the plane suffered severe damage and had minor fuel leakage. The case is still under investigation.