STARFlight nurse Kristin McLain dies in greenbelt fall from helicopter

Kristin McLain, who served as a flight nurse and rescuer on the chopper, was part of a team responding to a rescue when she fell from the aircraft. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A STARFlight nurse fell to her death Monday night during a rescue in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Kristin McLain, who served as a flight nurse and rescuer on the chopper, was part of a team responding to a rescue when she fell from the aircraft.

The crew was called to an area near the 2600 block of Barton Hills Drive about 8:25 p.m. to help a woman who had fallen in the greenbelt. She was being lifted to safety about 9:50 p.m. when McLain fell from the helicopter’s hoist, according to Lisa Block with Travis County Emergency Services. McLain, 46, died at the scene.

She had been with STARFlight for seven years.

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, the rescued woman was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries that were not life-threatening. No further information about the incident was immediately available.

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