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2 hospital workers dead in fiery medical helicopter crash in Tenn.; fate of pilot unknown

This undated photo provided by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital shows Carrie Barlow. Two hospital workers and a pilot were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in Tennessee as the aircraft was headed to pick up an ailing child, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Le Bonheur Children's Hospital President and CEO Meri Armour said the Hospital Wing helicopter was cleared for both weather and flight plans when it took off Tuesday morning headed to Bolivar The hospital identified those killed as 47-year-old pilot Charles Smith, 43-year-old nurse Carrie Barlow and 43-year-old respiratory therapist Denise Adams. (AP Photo/Le Bonheur Children's Hospital)
October 22, 2013 - 9:20 AM

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. - Officials say two hospital workers have died after a medical helicopter crashed and burned in Tennessee as the aircraft was headed to pick up an ailing child.

Meri Armour, the president and CEO of Le Bonheur Hospital, says a nurse and respiratory therapist were killed in the crash Tuesday.

Armour says a pilot was also aboard the Hospital Wing helicopter that left Memphis and was headed to Bolivar (BAW'-luh-vuhr) to pick up the child. There was no immediate word on the condition of the pilot.

The child was not on board the aircraft and was eventually taken by ground ambulance to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that her agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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