Helicopter makes emergency landing at high school

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A medical helicopter made an emergency landing at Kirtland Central High School this afternoon.

The San Juan County Communications Authority received a call at 2:32 p.m. that a helicopter had made an emergency landing on the football field at Kirtland Central High School.

The medical helicopter from the Kayenta Health Center in Kayenta, Ariz., had a low fuel light, according to San Juan County Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Fields.

He said the helicopter was transporting a patient, and the pilot did not know if the helicopter could return to the Kayenta hospital. The patient was transported from the scene in an ambulance.

In a separate incident, a fire alarm at Kirtland Elementary School prompted students and staff to briefly evacuate the building this afternoon.

The incident occurred at 2:10 p.m., according to Central Consolidated School District spokesman James Preminger. He said students and staff returned to the school at 2:40 p.m.

Employees at the school were upgrading the fire alarm system at the time, Fields said.