Crews to remove crashed helicopter from UNMH

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Streets will be closed near UNM Hospital Saturday morning as crews prepare to remove Wednesday’s crashed helicopter off the roof.

Starting at 5:30 AM, a 100-ton crane will move down Lomas toward the hospital.

PNM will turn off nearby powerlines and UNM Hospital and the main campus will switch to emergency generators.

“We have well-trained, well-educated folks that live and breathe this type of thing,” said Mary Voseich, utilities director for UNM. “We’re confident we have a good plan in place and all will go smoothly.”

With hundreds of patients in the hospital, officials say the power transition will be tested to be sure it works before they start crane operations.

UNM has already cancelled Saturday classes and activities that are scheduled before noon.

Neighborhoods near the hospital will not be affected by the power outage.

Removal crews hope to have the wreckage down by 10 AM.

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