Medical helicopter crashes in Alabama
ANDALUSIA, Ala. (WSFA/Gray News) - First responders are on the scene of a medical helicopter crash in the south Alabama city of Andalusia.
The aircraft crashed across from Dean’s Cake House on Snowden Drive, according to Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman.
Chief Deputy Todd Grimes with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said the call came in around 2 p.m. from a reserve deputy who also assisted those in the helicopter. He said a flight nurse and medic were on board the helicopter with the pilot.
Two of the victims were transported to a hospital via ambulance and the pilot was flown from another helicopter with serious injuries, according to officials.
Authorities said no first responders or civilians outside of the helicopter were injured.
“We’re very fortunate the Andalusia Police Department had a very large area contained in Dean’s Field where the helicopter actually crashed,” said Grimes. “Had they not had such a big landing zone it could have been a whole lot worse.”
The landing zone existed because the area was set for Huey helicopters to do flights for the city’s celebration of the Vietnam Traveling Wall tour this weekend.
City officials are asking the public to avoid the area as a number of power lines are down.
City and Covington County EMA personnel are on the scene and an investigation is underway.
Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson has requested NTSB to investigate the crash.
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