Medical Helicopter Crash Claims Three in Tennessee

 A medical helicopter crashed in western Tennessee this morning killing all three on board. There were no patients in the aircraft when it crashed.

According to an article published by the newspaper Commercial Appeal, the chopper crashed along Highway 64 near Somerville.

The helicopter was reported overdue by the Hospital Wing command and the staff lost contact with it at about 6:20 a.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Department began searching the area and found the crash site. There were no survivors, according to the newspaper article.

The local CBS news affiliate reported the Eurocopter AS350 crashed into a field. The Federal Aviation Administration said the chopper was destroyed by fire.

The newspaper article reported on board at the time of the crash was the pilot, a nurse and a respiratory therapist. It had taken off from Memphis and was headed to Bolivar to pick up a patient. The two medical staffers were from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the article reported. News will provide more details as they become available.