DANVILLE - A Life Flight helicopter was damaged when one of its rotor blades clipped a flagpole atop a crane while landing at Geisinger Medical Center on Thursday.

The chopper was lowed off the rooftop helipad Friday so it could be repaired, and was not flown off the roof because of the damage to the blade, Mike Ferlazzo, Geisinger spokesman, told the (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise.

The helicopter was inbound at the medical center Thursday when contact with the flagpole splintered the end of one of four rotor blades. The crane involved in the mishap was not far from the helipad. It's being used for construction of the Annex building, the newspaper reported.

The helicopter was loaded on a flatbed truck for transport to a repair facility at the Reading Regional Airport, according to the story.