3 Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash In Eastern Arkansas

Nov 20, 2017

Wreckage of the crashed helicopter near Dewitt.
Credit KATV-Channel 7

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 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.

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