A helicopter crashed in northern Florida while carrying three people, all of whom died, while delivering a heart for transplant to a waiting patient. The crash occurred early Monday morning according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The helicopter had left St. Augustine and was heading to Gainesville, where the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, is located.
Aboard the helicopter was a heart surgeon, a procurement technician, and the pilot.
The downed helicopter, a Bell 206, was located by different helicopter in a remote wooded area. The Bell 206 is small and light weight and is usually used by police departments or traffic reporters.
Initially, weather does not appear to have been a factor as The National Weather Service only disclosed light fog with cloudy conditions, but no rain.
The cause of the crash will remain unknown until the NTSB issues its reports analyzing the pilot’s experience, weather conditions, birds or other factors contributing to low visibility. The report will take months to prepare and examiners will be collecting evidence removed from the scene of the crash as well as maintenance records and the chopper’s history of recalls, repairs and accidents.
It has been reported that the Bell 206 usually has an older engine which is no longer in use.
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