New Medical Helicopter Takes Flight

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SCRANTON -- Commonwealth One, a new critical care helicopter, made its maiden flight to Scranton on Tuesday.

It left its base at Seaman's Airport in Factoryville and landed at Nay Aug Park.

The helicopter provides in-flight critical care for Commonwealth Health facilities in the region.

Officials say the chopper will not be ready for emergency rescue flights until about mid-September. It still needs to pass a state inspection and several air-ambulance nurses still need to complete their training.

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