UPDATED @ 6:00 PM. 7:05 AM. DEVELOPING: Haynes Medical Helicopter MissingRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 26 2016 7:10 AM
COFFEE COUNTY: 7:05 AM. About 1:30 AM a Haynes Medical helicopter was responding to a motor vehicle accident. All contact has been lost with the air unit.
Emergency units have had no radio or phone contact with the aircraft. There have been no reports of a downed aircraft.
There have been ground search crews looking and nothing has been located.
Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton and members of the Coffee County Sheriff Department along with other agencies have been searching. Reports are the search focus has been around the Goodman community.
The weather has prohibited air searches at this time.
UPDATED @ 7:54 AM
Reports are the aircraft has been located in the INO community of Coffee County. UNCONFIRMED by authorities no survivors.
The flight crew were traveling to a motor vehicle accident and had not arrived on the scene went contact was lost with the aircraft.
UPDATED @ 10:15 AM
My understanding is the air transport had picked up the patient from the auto crash and was enroute to the hospital when the crash occurred.
The helicopter crash site is reported in a swamp area.
UPDATED @ 12:21 PM
The aircraft was stationed out of Troy.
It has been confirmed the pilot, two medics and the patient from the motor vehicle accident the air transport was transporting have died in the crash.
UPDATED @ 3:47 PM
All bodies have been recovered. Investigators from the FAA are on scene.
UPDATED @ 4:00 PM
The NTSB will be the lead agency with the helicopter crash. They will also be the agency releasing the names of the victims once positive identification has been made.
UPDATED @ 6:00 PM
All of the crash victims from this morning’s LifeFlight helicopter crash have been recovered. The victims have been identified as Chad Hammond, Pilot; Stacey Cernadas, Flight Nurse; Jason Snipes, Flight Medic; and Zach Strickland, patient.
The victims will be transported to the Alabama Dept of Forensic Science in Montgomery. Personnel from the NTSB are enroute to complete the accident investigation.