Oscoda County man killed after medical helicopter crashes in Wis - WNEM TV 5

Oscoda County man killed after medical helicopter crashes in Wisconsin

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WISCONSIN -

A Michigan man was among three killed when a medical helicopter crash in Wisconsin.

The crash happened April 26 in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin.

Investigators said Gregory Rosenthal, 43, Rico Caruso, 34, and Klint Mitchell, 30, all died on impact when the Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport helicopter they were flying in crashed into a wooded area. 

Our affiliates at 9 & 10 News report Mitchell grew up in Oscoda County. He was a Flight Nurse. 

Ascension said the men had safely delivered a patient before losing their lives in the crash. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating how the crash happened.

Mitchell leaves behind a wife and son, as well as a daughter who is due in a few weeks.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family with funeral costs and other expenses. So far it, has raised more than $33,000.

The following is a joint statement from Air Methods and Ascension Wisconsin:

"We are deeply saddened and mourning the loss of three teammates who were aboard the air medical helicopter that went down in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin last night.

Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the families and friends of the crew onboard. We will not release any names at this time to respect the privacy of their families.

The accident is currently under investigation by the NTSB and FAA and we will support their work in every way possible.

In addition, we have made the decision to suspend operations of our air and ground medical transport units until we determine when it is appropriate to resume operations. We are working with our EMS partners and medical transportation colleagues in the region to meet the needs of patient transport.

We would like to thank the dedicated Emergency Response professionals in our community who have been responding to this incident.

There is no further information available at this time."

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