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Tragic Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of Air Ambulance Crew in Oklahoma


In a devastating incident, three members of an air ambulance crew lost their lives when their helicopter crashed in Oklahoma. The tragic event has sent shockwaves through the local community and beyond. Despite safety measures and regulations surrounding the safety of the crew, the air ambulance industry stands witness to tragic crashes every few months. The latest one is now a part of this list.

The Details of the Air Ambulance Crash

The crash of the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter occurred at around 11:30 PM on the night of January 20th near Weatherford, Oklahoma. The crew was en route back to its base in the area after completing a patient transport to Oklahoma City, approximately 70 miles away. The fallen colleagues were identified as Pilot Russell Haslam, Flight Nurse Adam Tebben, and Flight Paramedic Steven Fitzgerald. There was no patient on board during the tragic crash.

Expressing profound sadness, Air Evac Lifeteam released a statement regarding the loss of their crew members. The company conveyed, “Air Evac Lifeteam is heartbroken to report that three crew members have perished in an incident that occurred on Saturday, January 20.”

The Investigation is Underway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has initiated an investigation into the crash. A preliminary report is anticipated to be released to the public within a month, with officials mentioning that the comprehensive investigation may extend from 12 to 48 months. The investigations by NTSB are usually detailed and time-intensive.

As the investigation unfolds, the hearts of many remain heavy with grief over the loss of the air ambulance crew members. The unfortunate incident serves as a poignant reminder of the risks faced by those who dedicate their lives to saving others, and the community mourns their profound sacrifice.

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