South Carolina aviation accident – Georgetown Medical helicopter crash kills 3

Legal news for South Carolina aviation accident attorneys. A medical helicopter crashed in Georgetown County after dropping a patient off.

Federal Aviation Admin. and the National Transportation Safety Board alerts South Carolina aviation accident attorneys- Medical helicopter crash killed three.

Georgetown, S.C.—A medical helicopter crash in Georgetown County left three crew members dead. The fatal helicopter crash happened on Saturday, September 26, 2009 around 11:30 p.m., after the helicopter dropped a patient off at a Charleston hospital, as reported by WSFA 12.

According to officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov/ reported an OmniFlight medical helicopter dropped a patient off at a Charleston hospital and was en route to Conway when the helicopter encountered two severe thunderstorms. The helicopter crashed 20 to 30 feet from a logging road in a lightly populated area, nose-first and upside-down. The helicopter crash reportedly left a 3-foot crater in the ground where it crash-landed. The fatal helicopter wreck killed all three crew members identified as: pilot Patrick Walters, 45, of Murrells Inlet; flight nurse Diana Conner, 42, of Florence; and paramedic Randolph Claxton Dove, 39, of Blandenboro, North Carolina. NTSB investigators stated there appeared to be no evidence that the medical helicopter malfunctioned before the fatal crash. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) http://www.faa.gov/ reported the pilot last radioed air traffic control around 11:05 p.m., to report they were four miles from a Charleston area airport, and had the airport in sight. Officials with the NTSB and the FAA are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the OmniFlight helicopter crash.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for South Carolina aviation accident lawyers.

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