Medical Helicopter Crashes In Alabama, 4 Dead

Helicopter Crashes In Alabama
Troy Regional Medical Center, located in Troy, Ala., was the hospital where a Hayes Ambulance and Flight helicopter was headed when it crashed Saturday killing all four people aboard, including three crew members and a patient. Officials have not said what caused the crash. Photo courtesy Troy Regional Medical Center

GOODMAN, Ala., March 26 (UPI) — A medical helicopter crashed Saturday morning in Coffee County, Alabama, killing all four people on board, emergency officials there said.

Coffee County Emergency Management Deputy Director James Brown tells WSFA-TV the chopper went missing at 12:17 a.m. Saturday after the crew of three had picked up the patient, who had been in an auto accident.

Investigators have not said what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to the site, arriving Saturday afternoon. WTYV-TV reports investigators are being hampered by the fact the crash site is in a heavily wooded area located about 10 miles west of Enterprise, Ala. The region is also experiencing severe thunderstorms on Saturday.

The helicopter was operated by Hayes Ambulance and Flight, a private EMS company. It was operating out of Troy Regional Medical Center.


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