July 6, 2015 - On Friday, a Flight For Life Colorado air ambulance helicopter had departed St. Anthony
Summit Medical Center,
Colorado with its pilot Patrick
Mahany, 64 and two nurses. Just after takeoff
the helicopter crashed killing its pilot and
seriously injuring the two nurses.
The Airbus Helicopter AS350B3e (N390LG) which
was operated by Air Methods was consumed by the
post-impact fire. Jennifer Rodi, Senior Air
Safety Investigator for NTSB said “The
helicopter was basically destroyed by impact
Mahany had been employed with Flight for Life Colorado for close to
three decades. Before that he served in the
Vietnam War as a pilot flying a US Army scout
The nurses have been identified as Flight nurse
and paramedic Dave Repsher, 45, of Silverthorne
and Flight nurse Matt Bowe, 32, of Frisco.
Repsher is reported to be in critical condition
with burn injuries and Bowe is reported to be in
fair condition. Both men where transported to
St. Anthony Lakewood Hospital and
Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Jodie Taylor, Trauma Medical Director at St.
Anthony Summit Medical Center said “We are
deeply saddened that our pilot was fatally
injured and our hearts go out to the pilot’s
family. We can also confirm that the flight
paramedic and flight nurse were also on board
with significant injuries. Both had significant
injuries, but I believe, survivable injuries.”