High Wycombe helicopter crash: Man fighting for life
Three people travelling in the aircraft were on the ground outside when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.
A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a helicopter crash.
Three men were in the aircraft when it came down at Wycombe Air Park near High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire.
The helicopter was resting on its side and the occupants outside on the grass when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.
The two most serious casualties were taken to the major trauma unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
One suffered life-threatening injuries, while another had serious head, chest, leg, abdominal and shoulder injuries.
The third man suffered “less serious back injuries”, South Central Ambulance Service said. He was taken to hospital in Slough.
Emergency services were alerted shortly after 9.30am.
One of the first at the scene was an off-duty paramedic, who was at the airport waiting for his own flying lesson.
He provided treatment to the most seriously injured patient before ambulance crews arrived.
The Air Accidents are now at the scene carrying out their investigation
Statement from SCA : Statement on Wycombe Air Park helicopter crash
We were called at 09.39 reporting a helicopter with three people on board having crashed at the above location. We sent three ambulances to the scene, along with two officers in rapid response vehicles and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
On arrival all three occupants were out of the helicopter (which had come to rest on its side) either having got themselves out or been carried out by the initial first responders at the scene (the air park fire service). The three patients were all adult males. One had sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken by road in a life-threatening condition to the John Radcliffe Hospital’s major trauma unit in Oxford – the air ambulance crew travelled with the patient in the road ambulance. A second patient had sustained serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries and was also taken by land to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe hospital. The third patient had sustained less serious back injuries and was taken to Wexham Park Hospital by our third ambulance.
Andy Battye, Head of Operations in South Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire for SCAS, who attended the incident said:
“I would like to thank all our colleagues in the emergency services who supported the response to this helicopter crash: Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and the airport’s Fire Service, as well as an off-duty paramedic who was at the airport waiting for his own flying lesson and helped provide initial support and treatment to the most seriously injured patient before the SCAS crews arrived.
This was an excellent example of how the emergency services work so effectively together and the thoughts of us all are with the patients and their families. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.”