Four people in a medical helicopter that
crashed this morning (Saturday) as it was taking off from the
Quitman County Hospital escaped serious injury.
Two people remain hospitalized following the accident, which
happened at 2:07 a-m in the Mississippi Delta town of Marks.
Jonathan Dancy, Quitman County's acting emergency management
coordinator, says the helicopter was transporting a patient who
suffered injuries during an auto accident to Memphis, Tennessee.
Dancy says witnesses saw the helicopter lift off, ascend to just
above the nearby trees, then start to rotate before it dropped to
A Federal Aviation Administration investigator arrived around
noon and was conducting interviews and taking photos of the wreck.
Dancy says the helicopter crashed about 20 feet from the helipad
at the hospital, which sits along Mississippi 3 in south Marks, a
town of about 15-hundred that is 60 miles south of Memphis.
The names of the four people in the helicopter, owned by Air
Evac, were not yet available.
Dancy said the female patient did not suffer injuries in the
crash. She was taken by ground ambulance to a Memphis hospital
where she was being treated for unknown injuries she suffered in
the auto accident.
One of two medical personnel on board suffered a broken bone or
vertebrae and his injuries were not critical.
The pilot and the second medic were not injured, which Dancy