Three Killed In Hospital Wing Crash in Fayette County

Posted on: 7:25 am, October 22, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:55pm, October 22, 2013

(Somerville, TN) Emergency crews in Fayette County are responding to a helicopter crash near Somerville.

Hospital Wing pilot Charles Smith, Pedi-Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams died in the crash.

Pedi-Flite is the pediatric and neonatal critical care transport team of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

There were no patients on board the Eurocopter AS350 at the time of the crash.

The Hospital Wing chopper crashed just before 7 a.m. Tuesday along Jones Creek near Highway 64 as it headed towards Bolivar.

News Channel 3 Meteorologist Austen Onek says there was some drizzle and low clouds but no indication of storms at the time of the crash.

The FAA reports the helicopter was destroyed by fire.

Sheriff Ray Garcia said the rural conditions made it tough to get to the site, “We did have some ambulances that tried to go in through some of the field paths through here. They went as far as they could but they couldn’t get all the way back to the site.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our Le Bonheur family members,” said Le Bonheur CEO Meri Armour. “Lots of people count on us to go out and rescue children wherever they are. Pedi-Flite is like the cavalry, going out into the community and surrounding areas. Our families often tell me that once the Pedi-Flite team shows up, they know they’re going to be taken care of.”

Three Hospital Wing employees were killed in March of 2010 when their chopper crashed during a thunderstorm near Brownsville, TN.

Killed in the 2010 crash were Misty Brogdon, Cindy Parker and Doug Phillips.

According to Le Bonheur, they do 400 flights per year.

The patient for whom the chopper was intended was brought to the hospital via ambulance.

Hospital Wing is a non-profit air medical transport partnership with local hospitals.

Le Bonheur offers the only pediatric transport service in a 130-mile radius, and we transport more than 2,500 critically ill or injured children each year – 400 of them by helicopter, according to Jay Pershad, medical director of Pedi-Flite.

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15 comments

  • KM says:

    These are the wrong names.

    • Todd@yahoo.com says:

      They were referencing the 2010 crash of the Med helicopter. They didn’t say that those 3 people were killed today. Please read.

  • KM says:

    Maybe I should have read more. Sorry for the false alarm.

    • cal says:

      These are amazing people who risk their lives daily to help save our loved ones. God Bless Them and their families. Our prayers go out to them as we greive with them over their loss.

  • Nancy Green says:

    Prayers for the families, friends and co-workers of each of the 3 killed today..

  • Anthony says:

    Does anyone know the names of the flight crew that were killed?

    • Todd@yahoo.com says:

      They have been released internally at Le Bonheur but have not been released to the media pending family notification.

  • Anthony says:

    I have a family member that is a flight nurse. I haven’t heard anything.
    Please pray for the family and friends of these hero’s.

  • Carol Seitz says:

    God Bless these people for the hero’s they are. Prayers to your families, friends and co-workers.

  • Wiliam Biggers says:

    GOD’s Blessings to each of the three families. Know doubt they are Heaven’s Angels now as they were on Earth.

  • connie nelms says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with their families. God Bless you all.

  • JJ says:

    No matter the names or the company that these people are employed, it is such a terrible loss in any community. I wish them Godspeed and may they spread their wings and fly eternally in heaven. This is not the place nor the time for such…

  • Amelia Martin says:

    I am so sadden to hear about this tragedy. May God put His loving arms around the families of the victims. PRAYING!!!!

  • Carly says:

    my heart is saddened with the loss of these heroes!

  • May God be with all the family and friends of the flight crew we all need to pray for God to give the comfort and healing these loved ones need so badly

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