Removal of the downed PHI helicopter from the top of UNM hospital will begin Saturday morning, impacting traffic and events on the University of New Mexico main and north campus areas around the hospital. There will be no interruption of clinical services at the hospital, but emergency traffic will be rerouted. Patients will be directed to the hospital by police.
Beginning at 4 a.m. UNM police will shut down a section of Lomas Boulevard from University to Girard to allow a large crane to lift the disabled chopper off the roof. The operation is near utility lines and will require a power switchover from PNM to University power, which will begin at 6 a.m.
The removal operation requires the cancellation of classes and some events Saturday morning on campus. Indoor events prior to noon are cancelled. Buildings should reopen for events after noon, but intermittent power interruptions are possible. UNM Hospital and other critical buildings on campus will operate on internal or generator power for the duration of the removal operation. Crews hope to have all power restored to normal operations by 2 p.m. Saturday.
University officials are discouraging pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area during the chopper removal. Check unm.edu and hscnews.unm for detailed information and updates.