4 dead in crash of medical helicopter in Central California
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA: A medical helicopter crashed Thursday night amid heavy rain and fog in Central California, killing all four people aboard, officials said.
The SkyLife air ambulance had a pilot, a nurse and a paramedic aboard when it went down, American Ambulance General Manager Todd Valeri said at a news conference. It wasn't immediately clear whether the fourth person was a patient or someone else.
The helicopter was headed from Porterville Municipal Airport to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield when it crashed, Kern County fire officials said.
"This was a safe, experienced crew," he said.
The weather also made it difficult to find and reach the site, and rescue crews didn't get there for more than two hours after the helicopter went missing.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash, officials said.