Pilot killed as medical helicopter crashes near Frisco, Colorado

Flight crew suffers serious injuries

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Firefighters work to extinguish the flames after a Flight For Life helicopter crashed near Frisco, Colorado on July 3, 2015. Photo via Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — The pilot of a Flight For Life medical helicopter died in a fiery crash Friday afternoon at the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center near Frisco, Colorado.

Two other crew members, a paramedic and flight nurse, were seriously injured in the crash and were transported to hospitals in Denver,  officials said in a press conference.

The Summit County coroner identified the pilot as 64-year-old Patrick Mahany, a Flight for Life pilot since 1987. Mahany was  a Vietnam veteran and received a bronze star and a purple heart during his years of service. He was a loving father, grandfather and a very proud patriot.
The death is still under investigation and an autopsy has been scheduled. There is no further information available at this time.

Firefighters arrived on the scene in Summit County at about 1:45 p.m., finding the helicopter and two nearby vehicles engulfed in flames.

The helicopter crashed to the ground shortly after taking off. The accident will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Morning Photo: Sunday Set

Summer light

FRISCO — Seems like just a few days ago I was still taking pictures of snow, but we’ve quickly slipped into summer mode. Wildflowers are popping, and when (or if) we get a spell of warm and sunny days, the blooms will really get going. The aspens have leafed out, and kayakers, rowers and rafters are frolicking on local reservoirs and streams. Summer is short and sweet in the high country, so now’s the time to get out and get after it, whatever your pleasure may be! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for daily photo updates and visit our online Fine Art America gallery for some of the best Colorado landscape photography around!

Morning photo: Psychedelic skies

Summit stunners …


FRISCO — After a couple of grayish days here in the high country of Colorado, I got to yearning for some vivid colors, so I perused the Summit Voice photo archives for some Saturday morning eyecandy. Frozen or thawed, the waters of Meadow Creek, where they meld with Dillon Reservoir, offer a perfect mirror for a groovy sunset or sunrise. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Low winter sun

Creekside again …

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Starburst sunrise along the Snake River.

FRISCO — The sun’s path across the sky is quickly dropping, noticeably in a different position than just a couple of weeks ago, when I ventured to the Snake River for the first time this season in search of ice. Along with shorter days, those changes create opportunities for photography, as if a new lighting designer is on the job. After shooting into the morning sun, I also went for a quick afternoon stroll along Meadow Creek, near our home in Frisco, during the afternoon, hoping to catch some glints of warm sunlight on the remnant ice (yes, remnant; it’s been so warm the past few days that some of the ice is vanishing in our November thaw). Here are the best of today’s images. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Contrasts

Summit County never ceases to amaze …

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Rocky Mountain sunrise.

FRISCO — A few quick shots from around Frisco, Colorado … Continue reading

Morning photo: Eclectic

When water turns to ice …

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Waterdance …

FRISCO —Sifting through my shots from the last few days, I noticed once again how drawn I am to waterside scenes. Sometimes I think that I really ought to try and get away from the streams, lakes and reservoirs and focus on dry land landscapes, just for a change of pace. But especially this time of the year, when water starts making that mystical change from liquid to solid, it’s just so tempting to try and capture that dynamic process — in color or, as in a few of the shots in this set, in black and white. Click on the images to see them full size, and visit our online gallery for more Summit County landscape magic. Continue reading

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