A medical helicopter crashed this morning in a field about 55 miles northeast of Memphis, Tenn., killing the pilot and two nurses who worked for Memphis-based Hospital Wing, the not-for-profit organization that operated the aircraft.
Three killed in medical helicopter crash
The crew went down about 6 a.m. ET while on the way back to their base in Brownsville, Tenn., after ferrying a patient to 593-bed Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., a Hospital Wing spokeswoman said. Their identities were not disclosed because their families had not been notified. The spokeswoman said she was not aware of any communication from the pilot indicating distress.
It was the country's 12th fatal accident involving an emergency medical flight since December 2007, according to federal statistics, and the crashes have left 43 dead.
A heavy cloud cover and rain were moving through the area at the time of the crash, but there was no immediate indication that the weather was a factor, a spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to the crash scene.
The crash was the first for Hospital Wing, according to its Web site. (For more on medical helicopter safety, please see Flying in the face of danger.)
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