Kentucky Medical Helicopter Crash Kills 3 Crew Members
MANCHESTER, Ky.-- A medical helicopter crashed in eastern Kentucky, killing all three crew members aboard. A statement from Air Evac Lifeteam said the accident happened in Clay County at 11:16 p.m. Thursday.
There was no patient on board. WHAS radio reported that the helicopter came down in the parking lot of Paces Creek Elementary School outside Manchester, which is about 90 miles southeast of Lexington, in what witnesses described as a dense fog.
Ed Ray, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Jackson, Ky., office said he didn't have any information about fog in the area but said there was no violent weather overnight in the area of the crash.
The company identified the crew members as pilot Eddie Sizemore, (a former Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy), flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones. They were on their back to base in Manchester after transporting a patient to a hospital in London, Ky.
Laurel County Sheriff's spokesman Gilbert Acciardo told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Sizemore had retired as a deputy from the sheriff's office, but returned in 2011 before leaving the position to become a pilot for Air Evac Lifeteam.
"He enjoyed flying," Acciardo said. "That was his passion."
Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers said the company is devastated by the loss of the crew.
Federal air safety officials planned to investigate the accident.