Investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are leading the effort to figure out what caused a Hospital Wing-operated Eurocopter AS350 to crash Thursday in Brownsville, Tenn. FAA officials and representatives from the hospital joined NTSB on Friday to assist with the inquiry, as well as personnel from the helicopter and engine manufacturers. Three people died in the crash—pilot Doug Phillips and passengers Cindy Parker and Misty Brogden. They were on a return flight after dropping off a passenger. According to reports, the helicopter went down in a wheat field and weather could have been a factor, as a line of thunderstorms was reported around the time of the accident. It is the fourth EMS helicopter crash in the past six months in the U.S. NTSB added increasing the safety of EMS flights to its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements in 2008.
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