Late Sunday evening on November 18, a Bismarck Air Medical plane flying to Williston, N.D., to assist in a patient transport went down prior to arrival. A Bismarck Air Medical pilot and paramedic, along with a CHI St. Alexius Health registered nurse, were on board. There were no survivors. Per protocol, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the incident.
In a joint statement, Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President, and Dan Schaefer, Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance Operations Chief, stated, “It is a sad day here for both of our organizations. We are grieving for the family members of those who were on board.”
The names of the individuals are not being released until families are notified. We are focused on supporting the families and associates from both organizations. We ask for your prayers and support at this very difficult time for all.