The National Transportation Safety Board has cleared the way for UNM Hospital to move the PHI medical helicopter that crashed on the hospital's roof Wednesday.

Crews with PHI, the private company that owns the helicopter are in the process of preparing the aircraft to be lifted by crane, as early as Saturday morning.

UNM and UNM Hospital officials will be meeting Friday afternoon with representatives from PHI, UNM, PNM, the Albuquerque police and fire departments, the crane operator and structural engineers to finalize the move, which may require UNM Hospital and other areas of the university to switch from external to internal power sources for critical facilities.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that when cranes are working near utility lines that power companies shut down those lines.

"We are carefully planning this move to ensure the operation is safe and done with as little disruption as possible," said UNM Hospital spokesman Billy Sparks.

After plans are finalized on Friday, UNM will release more details about the operation, including any traffic or power disruptions, campus closures for the duration of the operation.

For more information, contact: 

Dianne Anderson
505) 379-9105

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