Guthrie Doctor Flew Chopper into Snow Before Fatal Crash
According to a report by the Associated Press, the helicopter piloted by a Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital doctor that crashed last month killing the physician, flew into a band of snow shortly before the crash.
AP cites “authorities” as saying the Roberson R44 chopper piloted by Doctor Sanjay Kansara flew into the snow, spinning out of control and crashing in remote area of Wyoming County, Pennsylvania on April 22. But The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board says it’s unclear whether the snow caused or contributed to the fatal crash or whether other factors were involved.
The helicopter departed Allentown Queen Municipal Airport and was headed to Bradford County Airport near Towanda when it went down in Wyoming County.
Doctor Kansara was an anesthesiologist at Robert Packer hospital in Sayre who lived in Lehigh County, about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and commuted by air to the Bradford County hospital.