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Medical helicopter crashes in Alabama, 4 dead

By Eric DuVall   |   March 26, 2016 at 3:31 PM

GOODMAN, Ala., March 26 (UPI) -- A medical helicopter crashed Saturday morning in Coffee County, Alabama, killing all four people on board, emergency officials there said.

Coffee County Emergency Management Deputy Director James Brown tells WSFA-TV the chopper went missing at 12:17 a.m. Saturday after the crew of three had picked up the patient, who had been in an auto accident.

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Investigators have not said what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to the site, arriving Saturday afternoon. WTYV-TV reports investigators are being hampered by the fact the crash site is in a heavily wooded area located about 10 miles west of Enterprise, Ala. The region is also experiencing severe thunderstorms on Saturday.

The helicopter was operated by Hayes Ambulance and Flight, a private EMS company. It was operating out of Troy Regional Medical Center.

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