Damaged helicopter removed from hospital roof

An Air Evac helicopter is removed from the roof of Regional One after it was damaged during a landing. (Ian Ripple)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A helicopter that had been stuck on the roof of the Regional Medical Center since Sunday was removed by crane Tuesday afternoon.

The Air Evac helicopter was offloading a patient at the hospital’s rooftop helipad when it experienced difficulty landing.

The pilot regained control but landed hard, damaging the aircraft.

Regional One said the accident forced them to shut their helipad, although helicopters could still land on the street.