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LifeFlight helicopter makes emergency landing in field

November 17, 2019

PENOBSCOT, Maine (AP) — Officials say a LifeFlight helicopter had to make an emergency landing in a field.

LifeFlight officials say the helicopter touched down safely Saturday evening with three crew members and a patient in the town of Penobscot.

An ambulance from Blue Hill brought the patient to a hospital in Bangor. The LifeFlight medical team accompanied the patient.

A statement from Lifeflight said there was a mechanical issue with the main rotor blade while the helicopter was en route to Bangor.

The pilot used night vision goggles to find a suitable landing spot in Penobscot, where the aircraft remained Sunday. No one was injured, and the helicopter was not damaged.

LifeFlight Executive Director Thomas Judge said “safety is always first and foremost.” The patient, who was not identified, is reportedly doing well.