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Patient Buddy Rhodes, 26, killed and pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart and flight paramedic Erasmus J. Vandercloff IV injured in medical helicopter accident in Wichita Falls, Texas
The victims have not been identified and no cause has been determined. Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board officials will assist the investigation.
Reese said the patient died at the scene and the pilot is in serious but stable condition at United Regional. He said the flight nurse and paramedic are in critical condition at a hospital burn unit in Dallas.
The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed just before 2 a.m. Saturday in downtown Wichita Falls, a city near the Oklahoma border.
Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board officials will assist the investigation. Reese says the pilot is in serious but stable condition. The flight nurse and flight paramedic are in critical condition at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.
One person has been killed and three others injured after a medical helicopter crashed in Wichita Falls. The Bell 206 LongRanger III operated by the Air Evac Lifeteam was carrying three crew members and one patient, identified as Buddy Rhodes, when it crashed at 1:56 a.m. Saturday as it was transporting the patient to a nearby hospital. Smith, the pilot, is in serious but stable condition. The flight nurse and flight paramedic are in critical condition at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. The names of those involved will be reported as soon as possible.
What every family needs to know about Texas wrongful death claims
When someone is killed in a car, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, or other kind of accident, family members left behind must cope with the tragedy as best they can. Many important decisions need to be made, and a wrongful death claim needs to be filed.
In Texas, a claim can be filed only by specific family members, but there are strict requirements and deadlines that must be met. It is critical to talk with a wrongful death attorney in Texas to get the information and advice needed to move forward.