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Helicopter Lands in San Pablo Park for Medical Transport

Neighbors around the park, east of San Pablo Avenue between Ward and Russell streets, asked Patch to find out why a helicopter landed there Saturday night.

Saturday around 9 p.m., a medical helicopter made an unplanned landing in San Pablo Park in west Berkeley, creating a stir in the neighborhood. 

A reader let us know about the landing and asked us to find out more: "Very strange. Lots of people are wondering."

Berkeley Fire Department Batallion Chief Avery Webb said a Lifelight Helicopter bound for a patient pick-up at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo made an unplanned landing in the park due to foggy conditions at the hospital. 

Webb said San Pablo Park is one area that can be used for helicopter landings if need be. 

"We had emergency companies that came out just to support their operation," he said late Saturday. 

The patient was taken by ambulance from Doctors to the park, where the helicopter landed without incident. The patient then was transported by helicopter to Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. 

"It happens every now and then," said Webb. "In this case, it mostly happened just because of atmospheric conditions. The fog was coming in from the west. Their plan originally was not to land there."

HyperTyper September 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Isn't there anywhere closer than Berkeley, for a patient 3 towns away? That's a emergency? Scary.....
Esquared October 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Re-read the article. They couldn't land the helicopter any closer because of weather conditions.
Tuna Slayer October 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Well HyperTyper you sound like one on the geniuses on the video that so surely deemed that it was a Police helicopter. Tard #1 "Dude its got a spotlight thats so a police chopper" . Tard #2 "what are they looking for?". They are probably looking for powerlines or treelines or any other hazards to the helicopter and crew. Thank god we have sarcastic mouth breathers like you to make uninformed ASS U MPTIONS on whether a pt was an emergency or not. Now I will apologize for my harsh words if you had taken into consideration the pt's status(unknown to you),current workload of area ground transport units(unknown to you), traffic conditions(unknown to you), and local hospital capabilities(unknown to you). Im going to guess that you didnt, but hey who cares about the facts anyway. Gotta love the keyboard warriors and their infinite wisdom. Scary...............................

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