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Medical helicopter with patient on board makes precautionary landing


Updated 9/6/2013 6:20 PM -- Beacon Health says the landing was not an emergency landing but a precautionary one. In an emergency landing, the crew would set the helicopter down immediately. In this case, the crew found the closest landing spot when it was safe and practical.

Local EMS and Fire met the helicopter on the ground, which is standard procedure. The patient was transported to Fort Wayne, about 17 miles away, via ambulance.

Beacon says the crew observed a smell, which turned out to be a broken air conditioning belt. The helicopter has been flown back to South Bend and is expected to return to service Saturday.

Updated 9/6/2013 4:00 PM -- Noble County Emergency Management Director Michael Newton says a medical helicopter transporting a patient from an accident involving a horse-draw wagon near Middlebury has made an emergency landing.  

Newton says the pilot told firefighters it smelled like something was burning, so he decided to land.  The pilot landed in a bean field off of County Road 600 South near State Road 205.  The patient on board was then transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

Newton says firefighters ran a hose to the helicopter, but there was no fire to extinguish.  He says the pilot is waiting for a mechanic.

9/26/2013 -- A crash involving a car and a wagon sends two people to the hospital, including a child with a serious head injury.

The accident happened on CR-22 near CR-31 around 9:45am on Friday.  Janet Dabney was reportedly driving her GMC Yukon when she hit the back of the wagon.

Police say 29-year-old Linda Yoder and 5-year-old Janell Yoder were thrown from the vehicle.  Linda suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her head and back.  She was to and area hospital.  Janell was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with a possibly life-threatening head injury.

There is no word on Janell's current condition.  The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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