STAR Flight nurse dies after falling from hoist on medical helicopter

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A nurse has died after falling from a hoist on a medical helicopter while rescuing a woman from a hiking trail in Austin, Texas.

STAR Flight said in a news release that 46-year-old Kristin McLain became detached from the hoist Monday night while retrieving a woman who had fallen in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. McLain died at the scene. It was not clear how far she fell.

(Photo credit: Kristin Mclain, STAR Flight website)

(Photo credit: Kristin McLain, STAR Flight website)

The rescued woman was taken to University Medical Center-Brackenridge with non-life-threatening injuries.

STAR Flight program director Casey Ping said Tuesday that McLain has been with the company for seven years.

The organization posted early Tuesday to their Facebook page:

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. Further details were not released.

STAR Flight provides aerial emergency medical services.


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