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Report: Medical helicopter was going fast before fatal crash

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 13:53:05-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Three years after a medical helicopter crashed and killed the pilot and a nurse outside Phoenix, a paramedic who survived can still feel the cold and smell the fuel from that night.

Now a registered nurse, Derek Boehm has had 10 surgeries on his legs and walks with a limp. But he has few complaints.

He says the crash that seriously injured him three years ago Saturday also left him with a deeper appreciation for the little things.

The anniversary comes as a new National Transportation Safety Board report offers more details about the ill-fated December 2015 flight.

The report doesn't identify a cause of the crash but says the helicopter was traveling at high speed and nearly maximum weight over mountainous terrain.