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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

Modified Date: 
Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:38am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Medical copter crashes in Texas; 1 dead, 3 hurt

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.

UPDATED: Multiple agencies investigate Air Evac helicopter crash

Reese said the aircraft crashed onto the street and right next to a parking lot, but no damage was done to any nearby buildings. 

Medical Helicopter Crashes in Downtown Wichita Falls

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.

Oklahoma medical helicopter crashes in North Texas, killing patient, injuring 3 crew members

The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed just before 2 a.m. Saturday in downtown Wichita Falls, a city near the Oklahoma border.

One dead in helicopter crash

The accident happened just before 2 AM in downtown Wichita Falls.

Helicopter crash in Wichita Falls leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

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.

People Involved: 
Buddy Rhodes
Erasmus J. Vandercloff IV
Zechariah Smith
Leslie Stewart

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