An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed during a non-medical flight Wednesday in a residential area in Union City, Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Three crew members, including the pilot, flight nurse and a paramedic, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. According to the Jackson Sun, no houses were damaged and no other injuries were reported.
The location of the crash is approximately 100 miles northeast of Memphis.
The helicopter was part of Air Evac 143, which is based in Troy, Tennessee. The crew was flying to the 911 Dispatch Center in Union City for training on the company’s new satellite tracking system at the time of the crash. While attempting to land, the tail of the aircraft struck the pavement, causing the rotor to separate from the helicopter and strike power lines.
The helicopter was a Bell 206 manufactured by Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Texas-based Textron Inc. Righting Injustice reports that a jury recently awarded $21.7 million to the families of three people who were killed in June 2013 when their Bell Helicopter air ambulance crashed in an elementary parking lot. The families’ lawyers argued that Bell and Textron were aware of defects in its Bell 206L-1 helicopters but chose not to address the problem.
The cause of today’s crash is unknown, but the company confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
According to the Air Evac Lifeteam’s website, the Missouri-based company operates more than 130 bases across 15 states.
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