March 26, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
A downed ambulance helicopter was discovered early Saturday morning in Coffee County, Alabama. According to the deputy director for the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency, the four individuals on board — the pilot, a nurse, a medic, and patient — were killed as a result.
A report came in at 12:17 a.m. that the medical helicopter was missing. It is believed that the accident occurred just minutes after they had responded to a car crash where they had picked up the unconscious patient with a broken leg. The helicopter was flying to Montgomery Hospital.
The accident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The investigation — which could take numerous days — is met with some challenges due to the heavily wooded area in which the accident occurred and the severe thunderstorms being experienced in Goodman.
On Monday, a Ft. Rucker helicopter crashed near the Dothan Airport and left three people injured. This would make it the second helicopter accident occurring in southeast Alabama in a week.
The helicopter was operated by Haynes.