AAA  Nov. 20, 2017 1:47 PM ET
The Latest: Company IDs 3 victims of helicopter crash
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(AP) — The Latest on the crash of a medical helicopter in Arkansas that killed all three people aboard (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Officials have identified the three people who were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in eastern Arkansas.

Pafford Air One identified the victims as 46-year-old pilot Michael Bollen of Hot Springs, 61-year-old flight nurse James Lawson Spruiell of Sulligent, Alabama; and 26-year-old flight paramedic John Auld III, who went by the nickname Trey, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

No patients were on board when the Bell 407 helicopter crashed Sunday night in a rural area of Arkansas about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Little Rock. Pafford Air One says the helicopter had been flying from Pine Bluff to a hospital in Helena-West Helena.

Federal investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.

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12:05 a.m.

Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in rural Arkansas, killing all three people on board.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.

Officials say the helicopter was flying from Pine Bluff to Helena Regional Medical Center in Helena-West Helena. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says no patients were on board.

FAA investigators are heading to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board says it's investigating.

The Bell 407 helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS, which provides emergency transport in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The company said on its Facebook page that it's "devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members."

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This story has been corrected to show that the helicopter was traveling to Helena-West Helena, not DeWitt.

Associated Press
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