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NTSB: Medical helicopter lacked safety features

(L-R) Patrick Walters, Randolph Claxton Dove and Diana Conner (Source: JoJo Turbeville, Carolina Lifecare) (L-R) Patrick Walters, Randolph Claxton Dove and Diana Conner (Source: JoJo Turbeville, Carolina Lifecare)

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WASHINGTON (WECT) - A medical helicopter that crashed in South Carolina killing three crew members lacked safety features, according to a federal official.

The National Transportation Safety Board told The Washington Post the helicopter didn't have night-vision equipment or a system to warn the crew it was flying too close to the obstacles or the ground.

The NTSB urges medical helicopter programs to adopt each of those features, because they say they could prevent some accidents.

The helicopter was flying to Conway, SC after it had dropped off a patient at a Charleston hospital in September when it crashed nose first into heavy woods.

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