ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - We could learn more about the crash of a medical helicopter near Saint Louis University Hospital within the next few days. That's when the National Transportation Safety Board plans to issue a preliminary report. A few months later, it will release a factual and probable cause report. The Arch medical helicopter went down Friday night in the parking lot of the Tenet Care facility behind SLU hospital. The helicopter clipped the side of the building before it slammed to the ground and burst into flames killing the pilot, 52-year-old Ronald Rector of Linn, Missouri.
Investigators say Rector was an experienced pilot, served in the military, and trained others to fly. He had left SLU hospital to refuel and was returning to the facility when the accident happened.
Funeral services for Rector are pending.