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A helicopter heading to San Antonio Military Medical Center from College Station collided with a cell tower in San Antonio on Aug. 5, forcing an emergency landing.
The force of the collision knocked off one of its landing skids, crippling its ability to land. Quick thinking airport staff piled four mattresses on the helipad and stabilized them weights from the weight room to soften the helicopter’s landing.
No one was injured in the landing and the patient was transferred to another helicopter to continue on to the hospital.
The tower is located at the corner of Petroleum Drive and Binz-Engleman, and is believed to be owned by Global Tower Partners. The structural soundness of the cell tower is not known at this time.