NTSB releases details about AR helicopter crash that killed local man

ARKANSAS COUNTY, Ark. - KARK - A preliminary investigation has been completed in the Nov. 19 crash of a medical helicopter that killed a Shreveport man and two others in rural Arkansas.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released on Friday states that "several bird carcasses were located in the wreckage of the helicopter."

The day after the crash, local authorities had told us that a witness reported hearing geese get loud right before the helicopter flew over a reservoir. At that time, the sheriff said a bird strike could be a part of the government's investigation.

The Pafford Air One Bell 407 helicopter went down early that Sunday evening just outside DeWitt. The flight had taken off from Pine Bluff and was scheduled to arrive at the Helena Regional Medical Center.

The crash victims included flight paramedic Trey Auld III, of Shreveport, Air Methods Pilot Mike Bollen, of Hot Springs, AR and Pafford flight nurse, James Lawson Spruiell, of Sulligent, AL.

The NTSB report also notes that "a post impact fire consumed a majority of the fuselage" and that all major helicopter components were located at the accident site.

The helicopter has been retained for further examination, the report said.


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