Alabama flight nurse among 3 killed in Arkansas medical helicopter crash

The three crew members were flying to DeWitt Ark. at the time of the crash Sunday

The three crew members were flying to DeWitt Ark. at the time of the crash Sunday

A helicopter crash in the Lodge Corner community, outside of DeWitt in Arkansas County has claimed the lives of three crew members, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

The company said the accident occurred during a response from the helicopter's station in Pine Bluff to Helena Regional Medical Center.

"It's a bad thing, it's a tragedy", Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright said.

A phone call to Pafford EMS late Sunday night wasn't returned. Pafford Air One says the helicopter had been flying from Pine Bluff to a hospital in Helena-West Helena. He has flown medical helicopters for the last three years.

No patients were on board the EMS service aircraft, and none of the other victims have been identified.

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Pafford Flight Paramedic Trey Auld, 26, of Shreveport, Louisiana. "They're all brothers, we're all brothers", Sheriff Wright said. "That's sad, my prayers do go out to all the families", Kiesha Allen, a nearby resident said. "You couldn't put another one in it".

Wright said an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

He also said flight paramedic Trey Auld would make it his mission every day to make the people around him smile.

The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation, with assistance from investigators with the FAA and local law enforcement.

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