(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – They transport some of the most seriously sick and injured people for urgent hospital care, but some of the state's medical helicopters are in need of major repairs.
In a Boston Herald report, over the past two years, Boston MedFlight has mechanical malfunctions with some of its helicopters, sometimes with patients on board.
Things like engine failures, reports of smoke and fire in cabins and a door falling from a chopper mid-flight are just some of the issues cited in the report.
MedFlight is the non-profit that's funded by six of Boston's top hospitals.
No one was hurt in any of the incidents.
MedFlight's CEO told the paper the company has a "stellar safety record and no catastrophic events."
The company that flies and maintains the choppers says only one issue was related to a malfunction and the Herald report did not show a rise in the number of incidents.
The FAA is investigating.