Medical Helicopter Crash in Northern Wisconsin Kills Three

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In the United States in Wisconsin crashed helicopter medical services, resulting in three people died.

A medical helicopter crashed in wooded, rough terrain in northern Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday.

The body of the pilot is being sent for an autopsy, which is standard protocol, according to the medical examiner. However, Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transportation has been able to resume operation of its ground units for interfacility transport.

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Air Methods and Ascension previously announced that both ground and air medical transport would be suspended until further notice.

"Pilots in medical helicopters are fully aware of the life-and-death circumstances of the patients they are to transport, but they can not take that into consideration when deciding whether it is safe to fly, particularly at night and in rural areas" Durkin said.

According to the sheriff's department, the last known contact with the helicopter was 10:55 p.m on Thursday night.

An NTSB investigator was expected to arrive at the crash scene Friday afternoon to document the site and collect evidence, Knudson said.

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Ryden said the area is also hilly with high ridges and swamps.

The medical helicopter, which is based in Woodruff, dropped off a patient in Madison Thursday and was heading back to the Northwoods, according to a spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Associated Press reports at least eight agencies were involved in the search.

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