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Three injured (one person with life-threatening injuries) following helicopter crash at Wycombe Air Park

| May 5, 2017

Helicopter crash at Wycombe Air Park, Friday 5th May 2017. (Reproduced with permission of the South Central Ambulance Service)

A helicopter carrying three people crashed at Wycombe Air Park, Clay Lane, Booker, Marlow on the morning of Friday 5th May 2017.

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 9.35am. Two fire appliances with crews attended from High Wycombe fire station as well as one from Oxfordshire. Two officers from the fire service also attended. The South Central Ambulance Service despatched three ambulances and two officers in rapid response vehicles to the scene of the crash. The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and officers from Thames Valley Police also attended.

The Air Park Fire Service extracted the injured from the wreckage of the helicopter. An off duty paramedic, who was at the air park waiting for a flying lesson, helped to give initial first aid to the injured.

One of the men travelling on the helicopter sustained life-threatening injuries, he was taken by road to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient in the road ambulance.

A second man sustained serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries and was also taken by road ambulance to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

A third man was taken to Wexham Park Hospital by road ambulance with back injuries.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have sent a team to Wycombe Air Park to investigate the crash.

The helicopter had come to rest on its side with the rotor blades ripped off as shown in this tweet posted by the South Central Ambulance Service on their official Twitter page :

In a statement released by the South Central Ambulance Service, 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.

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