HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There were some scary moments at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Memorial City Monday evening: a near-death experience for the crew of a medical helicopter when it began spinning out of control.
Authorities are calling it a hard landing.
"It landed perfectly fine and sat for a moment," says eyewitness Jessica Brown.
But Brown says after a few minutes, this helicopter shot back up into the air. She estimates it got about to the top of the building but hovered over the helipad.
"When it got a little bit high and it just started going in circles. And it rotated probably 5, 6, 7 times," she said.
She tells us she thought the chopper was doing tricks.
"And I thought that's really odd for the hospital helicopter to be doing tricks. Then when it hit the ground we were like, 'Oh My Gosh! What happened?' We were hoping that nobody was in it, that nobody got hurt," she said.
Three people were on board: the pilot, a paramedic and a nurse. This was a Methodist Air Care chopper based in Seguin. It's operated by Air Evac Lifeteam in O'Fallon, Missouri.
A spokesperson tells us they'd dropped off a patient. The pilot went to refuel at Sugar Land Regional Airport and came back to get the crew. This hard landing happened as they were leaving to head home. All three were able to walk away without injuries.
Memorial Hermann says the hard landing didn't impact the building's infrastructure. Patient flights were redirected to other Memorial Hermann hospitals.
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HOUSTON – A medical helicopter made a hard landing shortly after liftoff outside Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Memorial area.
The Medical AirCare helicopter crashed in a grassy area near a helipad, snapping the back end of its tail rotor. The chopper had flown in from Seguin, Texas, to drop off a patient.
No patients were on board at the time of the crash and the three crew members on board didn’t sustain any injuries. Memorial Hermann officials said no damage was done to the hospital.
The National Safety and Transportation Board and FAA are investigating the incident.
Hospital officials said patient flights will be diverted to other Memorial Hermann hospitals until the helipad can be reopened.
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