A patient and three crew members on board managed to escape the crash-landing accident in North Carolina despite the chopper sustaining “serious damage,” according to officials.
The crash happened Thursday evening around 7 o’clock in Burningtown, west of the Macon County Airport.
According to a statement from Macon County Emergency Services, the aircraft was carrying a patient and three crew members and was traveling from a hospital in Murphy, North Carolina, to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.
The statement continued, “One patient was transferred to Angel Medical Center for examination and three involved individuals were transported by ground ambulance to Mission Hospital with mild to moderate injuries. “The airplane suffered considerable damage, but there were no fatalities or fires.”
Uncertainty surrounds the crash’s cause. In a picture made public by emergency personnel, the helicopter’s debris was obstructing a route in a forested location.
As investigators sort through the wreckage and try to identify what caused the accident, a part of Middle Burningtown Road will be shut down until at least late on Friday, according to Macon County Emergency Services.