Friends and family remember victims lost in helicopter crash

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

BROWNSVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Friends and family remembered the three people who died Thursday in a medical helicopter crash near Brownsville, Tennessee.

With the wreckage still in the field Friday, people shared memories of the three crew members online.

A woman from Atlanta wrote that this crew flew her son to a hospital in Memphis.

"The entire time he was in the hospital there, the whole team came to visit when they were there," she said.

Doug Phillips, the pilot, lived in Bartlett.  He was a founding member of Faith Baptist Church.

Cindy Park was from Dyersburg.  Friends wrote and said she was a wonderful nurse who enjoyed her profession.

Misty Brogdon was from Medina, Tennessee.  She had a 4-year-old son.  Friends wrote on her Facebook page that it "just does not seem right."

Debbie Hersman with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said air ambulances crashes are of special concern.

"We're concerned about these types of accidents," Hersman said.

This is the fourth crash in the past 12 months.  The NTSB said it is trying to figure out ways to make the industry safer as it searches for answers in this crash.

"We will be looking at weather, but we'll be looking at training and maintenance, at the equipment, at operations, at decision making," Hersman said.  "There's a lot of factors we need to look at."

Doug Phillips' funeral is schedule for Tuesday morning at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett.

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