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3 Killed In Arkansas Medical Helicopter Crash

DEWITT, Ark. — Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in rural Arkansas, killing all three people on board. 

The aircraft belongs to Pafford Medical Services, based in Hope, Ark. The three people aboard died when the helicopter crashed Sunday night near the town of DeWitt, about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, officials said.

Dispatchers received a call just before 8 o’clock Sunday night after a resident witnessed the helicopter go down off of Highway 276, near a reservoir. The sheriff says the crash site was difficult to access.

Emergency crews got on scene to find the remains of three crew members and the helicopter engulfed in flames. Sheriff Wright says no patients were on board the Pafford EMS service aircraft.

Pafford released a statement saying, “Pafford is devastated by the the sudden loss of three of our team members.  At this time, we have no words, only prayers for the families and loved ones involved.”

FAA investigators are heading to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board says it’s investigating.

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Troy Shaffer
Troy Shaffer

About the Author: Troy is an Air Medical Career Expert passionate about a team approach to improving air medical safety from the ground up. Troy is a former Army medic, Army pilot, Coast Guard pilot and EMS pilot. Troy has taught hundreds of wannabe flight medics, flight nurses and EMS pilots the exact steps needed to launch air medical careers.

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