A HealthNet helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing early this morning. The pilot and patient on-board are OK. The landing was in a corn field in Crown City, Ohio in Gallia County. This all took place around 6 am.
The crew did have a patient on board. They were making a flight from Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County to St. Mary's hospital in Huntington.
The pilot, Tom Reddick and his crew used night vision goggles to find a landing site. They couldn't see things like power lines so it was a very tricky emergency landing.
HealthNet says the helicopter malfunctioned and had low power but the pilot was able to guide the chopper to an open area for what is called a "hard landing".
An ambulance then drove to the scene to get the patient to the hospital in Huntington. The helicopters landing bars were damaged. So they are bringing in a flat bed truck to bring it back to Huntington and continue searching for the cause of what happened.