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Deadly Medical Helicopter Crash in Tennessee

Three people people died when a medical helicopter crashed en route to pick up a patient this morning in Tennessee.

The victims were  registered nurse and a respiratory therapist from the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and the helicopter pilot, according to CNN (http://bit.ly/1a5eOVl).

The helicopter crashed around 6:20 a.m. near Somerville, about halfway between Memphis and the crew’s destination of Bolivar. The crew had planned to pick up a boy who was in renal failure for treatment.

The crew members’ names weren’t immediately released, and officials said they didn’t have information about what led to the crash.

Read additional details at http://bit.ly/1a5eOVl.

For more on helicopter safety and related issues, consider ACEP issues statement about improving medical helicopter safety, Air medical service industry offers safety recommendations to NTSB, and FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE TO HELICOPTER EMERGENCIES.