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Matt Mathews killed; Kim Ramsey and Ryan Setzkorn injured in EagleMed helicopter crash near Eufaula, Oklahoma
Modified Date:Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:24pm
Accident Date:Thursday, March 12, 2015
A lawyer, who has represented a victim in a previous EagleMed crash, said Thursday night's crash is no wake up call for the air ambulance industry. There have been so many fatalities, he said, it's past that point.
"We have got a fairly large team," NTSB investigator Tom Latson said. "At this time, we have three FAA inspectors on scene and three accident investigators from the aircraft manufacturer."
A federal investigator says the pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed last week in eastern Oklahoma had encountered a lowering cloud ceiling and was trying to turn the aircraft around before it struck trees and rocky terrain.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Matt's life insurance will not cover his 16-year-old son's future or the financial obligations due to Matt's tragic death. We have been approached about how one could help in a seemingly helpless situation. We ask that you consider contributing to his memorial fund to help with some of the financial burdens of the funeral and many other expenses.
An EagleMed helicopter en route from Tulsa to McAlester carrying three employees went down around 11:25 p.m. Thursday near Eufaula, Oklahoma, according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford. The pilot, Matt Mathews, was killed and nurse Kim Ramsey and paramedic Ryan Setzkorn suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The accident site is about 65 miles south of Tulsa.
County:McIntosh County, OK