Austin air ambulance returns to air after nurse's fatal fall

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas air ambulance service is returning to the air more than a week after one of its flight nurses fell to her death from a helicopter hoist.

STAR Flight program director Casey Ping said its aircraft will resume emergency medical service flights at 7 a.m. Wednesday. However, Ping told reporters Tuesday that the service won't fly any search and rescue missions for the time being.

STAR Flight grounded its fleet after Kristin McLain fell from a helicopter hoist while rescuing an injured hiker at the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin on April 27.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says McLain was spinning on her hoist at the time of the fall but gave no reason for the accident.

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