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NTSB INVESTIGATING CRASH OF MEDICAL HELICOPTER FLIGHT THAT KILLED THREE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

September 26, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a medical emergency services helicopter near Georgetown, South Carolina.

The Eurocopter AS-350 B2 (N417AE) helicopter crashed at about 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday during a positioning flight after dropping off a patient in Charleston about two hours earlier.  All three people on board were fatally injured.

NTSB Air Safety Investigator Todd Gunther has been designated as Investigator-in-Charge and is traveling to the scene. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt will serve as principal spokesman during the on-scene investigation.

Peter Knudson will be the press officer on-scene. Mr. Knudson may be reached on his cell phone (202-557-1350) when he arrives in South Carolina this afternoon.

NTSB Press Contacts:
202-557-1350 (Peter Knudson, on site in South Carolina)
202-314-6100 (Washington)

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.