Four Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash

Mar 26, 2016

Four people were killed in a helicopter crash early this morning in southeast Alabama.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Robinson says a Haynes Life Flight ambulance helicopter crashed in Coffee County at approximately 12:17 a.m. this morning. Three crew members and a patient were aboard. Robinson says the downed helicopter was found after 7 a.m.

Coffee County EMA Deputy Director James Brown says the helicopter was transporting a patient to a Montgomery hospital after responding to an automobile crash in which the patient had a broken leg and was unconscious.

The helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area, and law enforcement officials say recovery could take days.

Troy Regional Medical Center CEO Teresa Grimes said in a Facebook post that the medical center "is saddened" by the loss of the crew and patient during the transport.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.