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Watch US military helicopter on training exercise destroy Addenbrooke hospital helipad

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 22/04/2021 Barney Davis

A US military helicopter on a training exercise destroyed a hospital’s helipad causing critical patients to be sent to a different hospital.

In footage posted on YouTube American soldiers are seen exiting the aircraft before it takes off again sending the helipad flying in all directions.

Air ambulances are unable to land at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after its helipad was destroyed by a military aircraft.

Critical patients are now having to land in Cambridge City Airport and transferred to Addenbrooke by land ambulance.

Dr Victor Inyang, Medical Director of East Anglian Air Ambulance: “Due to an incident at the Cambridge University Hospitals helipad involving a military aircraft on Wednesday 21 April the helipad is temporarily unavailable to air ambulances.

“The next closest helipad is at Cambridge City Airport, where one of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) teams is based.

“It will be possible for the EAAA helipad to be used as an alternative landing site during this time and have patients transferred to Addenbrooke’s from there by land ambulance.

“Addenbrooke’s is the major trauma centre for the region, therefore quick and efficient transfer of critically ill or injured patients to the hospital is vital.

“Using the EAAA helipad is the best alternative while the CUH helipad is reinstated.”

Planespotter Elliot Langran told ITV News: “It all unfolded in front of me. I saw debris flying up in the air, my biggest fear was the helicopter.

“The worry was if the debris went above the rotor it could have damaged the aircraft or, even worse, the people. I’ve been all over the place across the world, but I’ve never seen anything like this.”

A spokesperson from Cambridge University Hospitals said: “While our normal helipad is being repaired air ambulances will temporarily land at nearby Cambridge City Airport and patients are then transferred to the hospital in road ambulances with critical care staff on board, meaning we can continue to see and treat them as normal.”

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