MANCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) -- The company behind the Air Evac Lifeteam air medical helicopter service has confirmed that three men have died after a helicopter crashed near Manchester, in Clay County.
The accident happened around 11:16 on Thursday night, when the helicopter crashed into the parking lot of the Paces Creek Elementary School near Highway 421. We're told the aircraft was en route back to its base after transporting a patient to a hospital in London. No patients were on board.
All three crewmembers on board the helicopter died in the accident. They have been identified as pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, and flight nurse Jesse Jones.
“We are devastated at this loss,” said Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers. “These were members of our family. Our focus at this time is on providing support for the family and friends of these crewmembers.”
At this time, the cause of the accident is unknown. Officials with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and will begin their formal investigation.
This is an update to an earlier story. The initial report is below.
The Clay County coroner has confirmed to WKYT that he is on the scene of a helicopter crash near Manchester.
The Clay County sheriff says the helicopter crashed near Paces Creek Elementary School just after 11 p.m. Thursday.
State highway leaders say as part of the investigation into the crash, nearby Highway 421 has been shut down in both directions for the time being.