Texas nurse died when harness detached from helicopter cable

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An incident report says a Texas flight nurse died after falling about 100 feet from a medical helicopter when her harness became detached from a hoisting cable.

STAR Flight's chief medical supervisor, Chris Postiglione (pohs-tig-lee-OH'-nee), signed the statement the day after the April 27 death of Kristin McLain.

The report was submitted as part of the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into McLain's death and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The report says other crew members noticed nothing unusual before her fall.

A preliminary NTSB report released last week said the hoist was spinning when McLain fell while rescuing an injured hiker.

Travis County Emergency Services operates STAR Flight. Agency spokeswoman Lisa Block declined comment Wednesday.

An NTSB spokesman also declined comment and referred questions to the preliminary report.




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