NTSB says Bird carcasses found in medical helicopter wreckage

(AP) - A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report
says several bird carcasses were found in the wreckage of a medical helicopter
that crashed last month in eastern Arkansas, killing all three people aboard.The cause of the Nov. 19 crash remains under investigation, but local
officials have suggested that a large number of geese in the area may be to
blame.

The NTSB report says residents near the accident site reported hearing a boom
and seeing a fire plume. The helicopter was traveling from Pine Bluff to pick up
a patient in Helena-West Helena.

Killed in the crash were 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 "Trey" Auld III, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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