May 27, 2018

Sheriff: 3 killed in medical helicopter crash in Wisconsin

29 April 2018, 04:21 | Sam Montgomery

Medical helicopter image

Medical helicopter image

The victims' identities have not been released pending notification of their families.

"We are deeply saddened and mourning the loss of three teammates who were aboard the air medical helicopter that went down in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin on April 26", the statement reads.

Ascension Wisconsin says it's suspending operations of its air and ground medical transport units following the fatal crash of a medical helicopter in northern Wisconsin. The three were all flight crew members, according to the medical examiner. He said the body of the pilot is being sent for an autopsy under standard protocol. From left, Rico Caruso, Air Methods pilot; Greg Rosenthal, flight paramedic and Klint Mitchell, flight nurse.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are on the scene sifting through the wreckage in order to determine the probable cause of the helicopter crash.

It is noted that the helicopter belonged to the company Ascension Wisconsin Spirit, which is engaged in air and ground medical evacuation.

"Pilots in medical helicopters are fully aware of the life-and-death circumstances of the patients they are to transport, but they can not take that into consideration when deciding whether it is safe to fly, particularly at night and in rural areas" Durkin said. The search and rescue teams arrived at the crash site in the morning of April 27.

Authorities said the last known contact with the downed helicopter was at 10:55 p.m. Thursday. No further details have been released. Mathein's office also didn't return messages from the AP.

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