A State Police report says three people died in the crash of a medical helicopter. The news so far from spokesman Bill Sadler:

At approximately 4:30 AM today (August 31st) the Arkansas State Police was notified of a medical helicopter crash in Van Buren County in the vicinity of 6831 Highway 95, west, near the Scotland community. Van Buren County Sheriffs Deputies are on the scene along with Arkansas State Troopers. The FAA has been notified and will be directing the crash investigation. There are three confirmed fatalities onboard the helicopter. Initial reports indicate the crew was based in Vilonia and was dispatched to Alread to pick-up a patient.

No patients were aboard, the FAA says. Killed were the helicopter crew members.


Air Evac Lifeteam, operator of the service, has identified the dead as flight paramedic Gayla Gregory, flight nurse Kenneth Meyer, Jr., and pilot Kenneth Robertson.