Helicopter carrying donor heart crashes on hospital roof – before medic drops organ

by San Eli News

A helicopter ferrying a donor heart to a Los Angeles hospital crashed atop the facility.

Dramatic video captures the moment the chopper starts spinning out of control as it is about to touch down on the helipad.

“Hey! Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” a witness below the building can be heard shouting as the helicopter is filmed crash-landing on its side on the rooftop and debris begins flying.

Miraculously, none of the three people onboard were seriously injured and the donor heart was able to be saved – despite a member of staff dropping it.

Fire crews used the ‘jaws of life’ to retrieve the donor heart from the downed chopper
Firefighters rescue the heart from the wreckage on the roof of Keck Hospital

The eight-seater private helicopter which had travelled from San Diego to deliver the precious quarry, crash-landed on the helipad of the Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California on Friday afternoon.

According to reports, the chopper had to be prised open with the jaws of life so emergency crews could rescue the donor heart inside.

But in Sky 5 footage, a medical worker can be seen tripping and dropping the heart on the ground as they walk away from the wreckage.

A staffer is seen tripping then dropping the donor heart

Just hours after the crash, the heart was successfully transplanted into a patient, a spokeswoman for the hospital told media.

KTLA-TV reports the helicopter’s blades were destroyed in the impact, which was felt by medics working in the depths of the multi-storey building.

A surgeon told the TV station he felt a “jolt” as the chopper smashed onto the rooftop.

A firefighter helps a medic up after they trip and drop the organ

Javier Chamorro, 59, was waiting outside to pick up his son from the hospital when the helicopter crashed, he told the Los Angeles Times reports.

He said: “The building shook. I thought it was an earthquake.”

In footage of the aftermath, the pilot can be seen being stretchered away from the chopper’s wreckage.

Witnesses film as the helicopter spins out of control as it approaches the helipad

LAFD said on Friday afternoon: “The aircraft is stable on its side, on the helipad. There does not appear to be a significant fuel leak.”

The helicopter pilot is stretchered away for treatment for minor injuries

National Transportation Safety Board officials are reportedly investigating the cause of the crash.

Hospital staff were relieved the heart could be saved and transplanting into its recipient, despite the drama.

Keck Hospital spokeswoman Meg Aldrich told the Times: “It’s actually an amazing story.”