Four people stable after LIFE FORCE helicopter crash

FRANKLIN, N.C. (WDEF) — Thursday night at 7 p.m., a LIFE FORCE helicopter crashed in North Carolina. Both Erlanger and LIFE FORCE have released updates regarding the crash.

Erlanger President and CEO Jim Coleman said all four people survived the crash. He also said one crew member was released from the hospital after evaluation.

Coleman said the other three involved are in stable condition at Mission Health hospital.

Erlanger VP of Patient Logistics Robbie Tester said all LIFE FORCE operations are temporarily suspended. He said they will remain suspended until “crews feel ready to return to service.”

LIFE FORCE Air Medical stated on social media that they do not have information about the cause of the crash. However, they say that safety is their top concern.

“We are working with other air medical providers around the region to continue providing patient care transportation while our program is temporarily grounded,” LIFE FORCE said on social media.

LIFE FORCE said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Erlanger Helicopter Crash

Courtesy: Macon County Emergency Services

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