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Texas STAR Flight Nurse Kristin McClain Dies in Fatal Fall From Rescue Helicopter

Kristin McLain was working to rescue a woman from an Austin hiking trail when she fell from the aircraft’s hoist.
/ Source: NBC News

A rescuer fell to her death from a medical helicopter while trying to save a woman in Texas on Monday, officials said.

Forty-six-year-old Kristin McLain was a nurse with the Travis County STAR Flight — a 24-hour aerial emergency medical service, according to a post on the agency's Facebook page.

McLain was working to rescue a woman from an Austin hiking trail at about 10 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) when she fell from the aircraft’s hoist as the patient was being lifted into the chopper, NBC affiliate KXAN reported. The seven-year STAR Flight veteran was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman being rescued remained attached to the hoist and has been transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, KXAN reported. It said the National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Kristin McLain, a STARFlight nurse, fell to her death Monday night during a rescue in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas. McLain, who served as a flight nurse and rescuer on the chopper, was part of a team responding to another incident when she fell from the aircraft.STARFlight
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