Helicopter Crash Kills 3, Puts Transplant on Hold

Posted on January 19th, 2012 by

A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available. The helicopter departed from a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Monday around 5:45 a.m. carrying a surgeon and a technician along with the pilot. But the helicopter never arrived at the Gainesville hospital, Shands at University of Florida, about 60 miles to the southwest, said Kathy Barbour, a spokeswoman for Mayo, which is based in Rochester, Minn. Killed were heart surgeon Dr. Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and the pilot, whose name wasn't released. Additional Coverage: Reuters, AP, Click On Detroit, Bloomberg, NPR, Washington Post, News.com.au, San Francisco Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, CNN, STLtoday.com, Florida Times-Union, Pioneer Press, Salon, MSN India, Emirates 24/7, Latin American Herald Tribune, KYTX, New York Post, The Voice of Russia, Tucson Citizen, WTXL, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, CBS, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, First Coast News, KTTC, KSWT, Arizona Republic, Brandon Sun (Canada), Newsday, Fox News, Seattle Post Intelligencer, WJXT, New Jersey Herald

ABC News (AP), by Jennifer Kay, 12/2011

Tags: Cardiology, Issues, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Transplant

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