Pilot killed in Flight for Life helicopter crash in Summit County

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- The pilot of a Flight for Life helicopter that crashed in Summit County Friday afternoon has died. He's identified as 64-year-old Patrick Mahany. He was a Vietnam War veteran.

The other two crew members were airlifted to higher levels of care in the Denver area. One was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, and the other was transported to University Hospital.

A Summit Medical Center employee who responded to the crash suffered minor injuries.

There was no patient on board the helicopter.

The helicopter crashed at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Friday afternoon. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue got the call around 1:45 p.m. Frisco is off of I-70 about 70 miles west of Denver.

When crews arrived the helicopter and two nearby vehicles were engulfed in flames. The helicopter went down in an employee parking lot west of the hangar.

Fire officials reported that the helicopter had crashed shortly after take off and then caught on fire.

First responders quickly extinguished the flames. Crews from Red, White & Blue Fire, the Summit County Sheriff, Summit County Ambulance and Frisco Police also responded to the crash.

The investigation into what caused the crash was just beginning late Friday afternoon.

Flight for Life helicopter. Credit: Flight for Life Colorado

Flight for Life helicopter. Credit: Flight for Life Colorado

Flight for Life Colorado provides critical care transport with five helicopters, three airplanes and three ambulances. Flight for Life was the first hospital-based air ambulance in the United States.

Air Methods, Inc. operates Flight for Life.

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