NewsTragic Oklahoma Helicopter Crash Claims Three Lives in Nighttime Disaster

Tragic Oklahoma Helicopter Crash Claims Three Lives in Nighttime Disaster

An Air Ambulance helicopter flies in as Joe Pelham, 14, meets the team from the Air Ambulance Kent Sussex Surrey who saved his life after he was hit by a car whilst cycling. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
An Air Ambulance helicopter flies in as Joe Pelham, 14, meets the team from the Air Ambulance Kent Sussex Surrey who saved his life after he was hit by a car whilst cycling. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
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9:52 AM EST, January 22, 2024

In a heartrending incident late Saturday night, a medical helicopter crash in Oklahoma resulted in the tragic loss of three crew members. This devastating event has cast a somber shadow over the community and underscores the risks faced by medical evacuation teams.

The Incident:

After completing a patient transport mission to Oklahoma City, the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter, a Bell 206L-3, was returning to its base in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Around 11:23 p.m., the aircraft crashed near Hydro, Oklahoma, approximately 63 miles west of Oklahoma City.

Response and Investigation:

After the crash, Air Evac Lifeteam focused on supporting the families and team members affected by this tragedy. The names of the victims have been withheld to respect their privacy and that of their families. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken charge of the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Air Evac Lifeteam: A Closer Look:

Operating over 150 helicopter air ambulances across 18 states, Air Evac Lifeteam's typical crew composition includes a pilot, a flight nurse, and a flight paramedic. This incident highlights the inherent dangers in the vital services they provide to communities nationwide.

This news is a sobering reminder of the risks medical evacuation teams take and the sacrifices made in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the brave crew members.

Source: UPI​​.

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