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Sheriff: Missing medical helicopter found in northern Wisconsin

29 April 2018, 04:21 | Ricardo Garza

Medical helicopter crash in Wisconsin kills 3, funeral home says

Air ambulance crash in northern Wisconsin

The air ambulance helicopter crash Thursday night in Hazelhurst has affected staff and families of Ascension and Air Methods across the region and the country.

ThedaStar, an air medical service operated by ThedaCare, released a statement Friday morning about the Spirit Air Medical crash. The helicopter crashed 12 miles south of its destination, a FAA spokesperson told News 9.

The crew had just delivered a patient to a Madison hospital and was headed back to its base, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter C. Knudson. Three occupants, including the pilot were on board the aircraft; all three occupants were found deceased. However, Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transportation has been able to resume operation of its ground units for interfacility transport.

Authorities in northern Wisconsin say the three people killed in the crash of a medical helicopter were flight crew members. The exact number of persons aboard the helicopter at the time of the disaster, it turns out.

At the moment it is not known whether the dead employees of the company.

The helicopter was reported missing late Thursday night, and a search was launched.

An NTSB investigator was expected to arrive at the crash scene Friday afternoon to document the site and collect evidence, Knudson said.

The agency released no details about the accident, including how many people were on board or their conditions, but did note that one of the agencies responding was the local coroner.

The last known contact with the helicopter was at 10:55 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

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