Helicopter carrying heart for transplant crashes on hospital roof

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A helicopter has crash landed on top of a hospital where it was delivering a heart to be transplanted.

Distressing footage from the crash site showed the medical helicopter on its side on the roof of Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California, in the US, on Friday.

The scene unfolded about 3.15pm when the aircraft crashed while touching down on the hospital’s helipad, according to The Independent.

Helicopter crashed on the helipad of Keck Hospital of USC.
This helicopter was delivering a heart to a hospital in Los Angeles when it crashed on landing. Source: KABC

Miraculously, no one on board the helicopter at the time was seriously injured, and the heart was safely delivered in time to be transplanted.

The pilot was treated for minor injuries following the crash, while two other people were not hurt at all, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said.

The organ was safely retrieved by firefighters and passed over to hospital staff.

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In a statement, the hospital confirmed the heart had been received and “nobody on the ground or in the hospital was injured”.

Patient care had also not been disrupted, the hospital said.

The hospital, fire department and police have established an investigation into what caused the crash.

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