Preliminary report released on Air Evac crash

Charred remains of the Air Evac Lifeteam air medical helicopter.

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - New details have been released about the crash of a medical helicopter in Clay County.

Air Evac 109 went down June 6 as it was making a final approach for landing at the company's helipad in Manchester. All three crew members on board died in the crash.

The NTSB has now released it's preliminary report into the accident.

Investigators say the pilot reported arriving at the base three minutes before the crash. The NTSB says at that point there were no signs of distress with the helicopter. Three minutes later the NTSB says an unidentified voice was recorded and then the transmissions ended.

Several eyewitnesses told the NTSB the weather was clear and said the helicopter was spinning just before it crashed.

One of the witnesses said the helicopter's nose was at a 40-degree angle and shortly after there was no engine sound.

The NTSB says other witnesses told them there was dense fog in the area at the time of the accident, saying they were only able to see the helicopter just before it crashed and exploded.

The helicopter crashed in the parking lot of Paces Creek Elementary, just 750 feet from it's helipad.

The NTSB is still looking at the wreckage for further investigation. It could take up to a year for the final report to be released.

Pilot Eddy Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones all died in the crash.

A joint memorial service will be held for them Saturday morning at North Laurel High School at 10 a.m.

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