Report: Pilot's decision led to helicopter crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Report: Pilot's decision led to helicopter crash

(AP) - Federal investigators say a medical helicopter pilot's decision to try to outrun an approaching storm led to a crash nearly two years ago in Tennessee that killed all three people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in the report issued Thursday that the pilot's decision resulted in the helicopter encountering turbulent weather and crashing in a field in Brownsville, about 55 miles northeast of Memphis, on March 25, 2010.

Hospital Wing pilot Doug Phillips, nurse Misty Brogdon and nurse Cindy Parker were killed.

The report said the pilot had just dropped off a patient at a hospital at the end of his 12-hour night shift and was trying to return to the base in Brownsville.

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