By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Emergency officials found the helicopter's remains in a wooded section of Somervile, about 45 miles east of Memphis.

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two hospital workers and a pilot were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in Tennessee as the aircraft was headed to pick up an ailing child.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital President and CEO Meri Armour says the Hospital Wing helicopter was cleared for both weather and flight plans when it took off Tuesday morning.

Armour said the pilot and crew were experienced, and they had a great helicopter.

Authorities began searching for the helicopter when it didn't respond during a routine check-in around 6:20 a.m.

Emergency officials found the helicopter's remains in a wooded section of Somervile, about 45 miles east of Memphis.

In a news release, the hospital identified those killed as 47-year-old pilot Charles Smith, 43-year-old nurse Carrie Barlow, and 43-year-old respiratory therapist Denise Adams.


SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital say a nurse and a respiratory therapist are dead after a medical helicopter crashed and burned on the outskirts of Somerville in West Tennessee.

Somerville Police Chief Ricky Hoskins says the aircraft crashed into a field early Tuesday. There was no immediate word on the condition of the pilot.

A hospital spokeswoman said in an email that Le Bonheur received reports at around 6:20 a.m. that the Hospital Wing helicopter was not in regular contact.

The helicopter had been flying to pick up a patient in Bolivar. There was not a patient on board when it crashed.

Another Hospital Wing helicopter crashed in West Tennessee in 2010 when the pilot tried to outrun a storm. That crash killed the pilot and two nurses.

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