MEDIA ADVISORY Crown Critical Care Transport Plane Incident at PI Airport

Release Date: 11/22/2017

Aroostook County  -  Just after 6:50 this evening, a fixed-wing aircraft that was carrying a patient as well as a paramedic and nurse from the Crown Critical Care Transport team crash landed at the south end of the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle.  The plane is owned and operated by Fresh Air, LLC and is one of two contracted by The Aroostook Medical Center to transport patients in need of care in a tertiary care hospital, such as the ones in Bangor and Portland.
Early reports indicate that the plane experienced an engine fire after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when it lost power and landed short of the runway.  The patient, the Crown Critical Care transport crew and the pilot were all transported to TAMC’s emergency department where they are being evaluated. 
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved,” said TAMC President Greg LaFrancois.  “I want to thank the first responders who were so quick to action to get these individuals to safety.  Our own Crown ambulance crew members as well as crew from the Presque Isle Fire Department ambulance service were both incredible tonight.”
The incident is under investigation by federal authorities. We will not have any additional information until tomorrow at the earliest. 
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