3 dead after medical helicopter crash in eastern Arkansas

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DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - Officials said a medical helicopter has crashed in rural Arkansas, killing all three people on board.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.

Officials said the helicopter was flying from Pine Bluff to Helena Regional Medical Center in Helena-West Helena. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said no patients were on board.

FAA investigators are heading to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board said it's investigating.

The Bell 407 helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS, which provides emergency transport in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The company said on its Facebook page that it's "devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members."

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