Mechanical problems caused chopper crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mechanical problems appear to be the reason a medivac helicopter spun out of control and crashed on the roof of UNM hospital last week.

In the preliminary report into the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot said the control pedals jammed or locked while taking off from the hospital’s helipad.

The pilot and the two paramedics suffered only minor injuries, but the helicopter was heavily damaged.

UNM Hospital officials said the helipad is now open and accepting all medical flights.

Damages to the roof have also been repaired. Officials say the repairs to the Pediatric unit below the damaged portion are also wrapping up repairs. The unit is expected to begin accepting patients within a couple of days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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