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NTSB: Bird carcasses found in medical helicopter wreckage

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Friday, December 01 2017 Dec 1, 2017 December 01, 2017 11:56 AM December 01, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Stuttgart Daily Leader
DeWITT, Ark. - A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says several bird carcasses were found in the wreckage of a medical helicopter that crashed last month in eastern Arkansas, killing all three people aboard.
  
The cause of the Nov. 19 crash remains under investigation, but local officials have suggested that a large number of geese in the area may be to blame.
  
The NTSB report says residents near the accident site reported hearing a boom and seeing a fire plume. The helicopter was traveling from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in Helena-West Helena.
  
Killed in the crash were 46-year-old pilot Michael Bollen, of Hot Springs; 61-year-old flight nurse James Lawson Spruiell, of Sulligent, Alabama; and 26-year-old flight paramedic John "Trey" Auld III, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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