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GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Investigators say a medical helicopter that crashed in coastal South Carolina had run into poor weather and was trying to land.


The Friday night crash killed all three crew members on board. The helicopter had just dropped off a patient at a Charleston hospital and no other patients were on board.


National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says there was poor weather, including rain, in the Georgetown area about 60 miles northeast of Charleston.


Sumwalt says the cause of the crash is still being determined, but it appears there was no fire or structural failure on the aircraft while it was in flight. The helicopter appeared to hit the ground nose-first and was upside-down.The helicopter belonged to OmniFlight, a Texas-based company that operates 100 aircraft in 18 states.

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"Earlier this month, NTSB officials urged the government to impose stricter controls on emergency helicopter operators citing last year's record number of fatalities. There were nine accidents between December 2007 and October 2008, killing 35 people.


There have been three accidents since then, but no fatalities reported until the South Carolina crash."


That is sad, especially if that is true about the no fatalities this year.

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