3 dead after medical helicopter crash in eastern Arkansas

A pilot and two medical personnel were killed when a medical helicopter that was flying to a hospital in eastern Arkansas crashed in a rural area Sunday night. No patients were on board at the time.

The cause of the crash is not yet known but federal agencies are investigating. Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright said a witness saw the helicopter spiral out of the sky about 7:55 p.m. Sunday, disturbing thousands of geese to the point that “they were louder than she had ever heard before.”

The helicopter crashed on a levee adjacent to Hampton Reservoir near Lodge Corner in Arkansas County, 52 miles (84 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock. Wright said Monday that the helicopter’s tail section was the only portion of the aircraft that did not burn.

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