An air ambulance helicopter crashed in Ohio, Tuesday 23rd April 2019, killing all three crew members on board, as per the report by the Survival Flight Inc. official.
The ambulance helicopter was on its way to pick a patient from a hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Survival Flight Inc. Medevac crashed. Pilot Jennifer Topper, Nurse Bradley Haynes and Nurse Rachel Cunningham were killed. From 2009 through November 2018, there were 75 Medevac helicopter accidents, 27 of which were fatal. https://t.co/2g21Sx2zgA
— NYC EMS Watch (@NYCEMSwatch) January 29, 2019
The crew members of the helicopter have been identified to be pilot Jennifer Topper, 34; nurse Rachel Cunningham, 33, and nurse Bradley Haynes, 48.
Vice president of EMS services for Survival Flight Inc., Andy Arthurs said,
We are obviously devastated,
Our first concern is for the crew members and their families.
The crash occurred at 6:50 a.m. in a dense jungle area of Zaleski, Ohio, about 70 miles southeast of Columbus, according to Peter Knudson, spokesman for National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
As per the report by the highway patrol, the debris of the helicopter, which took off from a hospital in Grove City, Ohio, was located at about 10:15 a.m.
Highway patrol officials reported people on the ground were unharmed.
The cause of the helicopter's crash is still unclear.
Knudson informed that the investigator from the NTSB will arrive on Wednesday.