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UPDATE: Erlanger Life Force begins returning crews to service following helicopter crash

From Local 3 News: Erlanger Life Force announced Tuesday that they would begin returning crew members to service following a helicopter crash in North Carolina.


A release said that in accordance with their safety culture, the stand-down allowed time to process the event, review and perform safety checks, and ensure they are well-prepared to return to service.


Erlanger expressed deep appreciation for their the support and patience of their partners, colleagues, and community through this difficult time. Special thanks to Air Evac 44, Air Life 14, UT LIFESTAR, and Vanderbilt LIFE FLIGHT for the services they provided the community during the stand-down. 


Life Force 6 crashed in Macon County, North Carolina around 7PM on Thursday, March 9th while transporting a patient. The patient and all three crew members survived. The helicopter was transporting a patient from a medical facility in Murphy to Mission Hospital in Asheville when the accident occurred. 


Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. This is the first crash experienced in Life Force’s 34-year history.