4 injured in medical chopper crash in Quitman County

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

the ground.

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

says was amazing considering how the wreckage looked.