Mercy Air Med Team Getting New Helicopter

Posted at: 01/21/2013 11:50 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The future of the Mercy Air Med team is beginning to take shape.

Monday the hospital announced it will be receiving a new helicopter, possibly by the end of the day.

It's the first step in resuming medical transportation air service, following a deadly crash that took three lives in early January.

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa says the Mercy Air Med crew will be training and preparing the necessary medical equipment in the coming days, but a date to resume service has not been set.

This temporary aircraft is being supplied by Med-Trans, the company which owns and operates the helicopter service.  A permanent helicopter is in the works as well.

44-year-old Shelly "Shell" Lair-Langenbau, 48-year-old Russel Piehl and 53-year-old Gene Grell have all been laid to rest.