UPDATE: Authorities identify three victims in medical helicopter crash

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HAZELHURST, Wis. (WLUC/AP) - UPDATE 2:30 p.m. central Saturday (AP):
Authorities have identified the pilot and two crew members who died when a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin.

USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that the crash claimed the lives of the 34-year-old pilot, Rico Caruso, of Hazelhurst; 43-year-old Gregory Rosenthal, of Mosinee; and 30-year-old Klint Mitchell, of Watersmeet, Michigan.

The men were returning to the helicopter's home base in Woodruff after flying a patient to Madison late Thursday. Search and rescue crews found the wreckage of the Ascension Health Spirit helicopter early Friday in wooded, rough terrain near Caruso's hometown, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Green Bay. No patients were on board.

Oneida County Medical Examiner Larry Mathern says the men were "three great members of our emergency medical services community."

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UPDATE 10:28 a.m. central Friday (AP):
Authorities say three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office confirmed the three fatalities on Friday. Chief Deputy Dan Hess said the crash involved an Ascension Wisconsin Spirit helicopter, but he said he doesn't know if the three victims were all Ascension employees.

Hess says search and rescue crews reached the crash scene Friday. The helicopter was reported missing late Thursday night, and a search was launched. Crews say the helicopter was found in Hazelhurst, a small town about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of Green Bay.

A witness who drove search crews to the scene on an amphibious all-terrain vehicle says the chopper went down in a heavily wooded area with high ridges and some swamps.

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UPDATE 7:30 a.m. central Friday:

WSAW-TV reports a Spirit air ambulance helicopter crashed in Oneida County. Investigators said the helicopter was enroute to an Ascension hospital. No further details have been released.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

An air ambulance helicopter has crashed in northern Wisconsin.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, the helicopter’s last known contact was at approximately 10:55 p.m. Thursday. The Oneida County Dispatch Center received a call that the helicopter was missing at 11:22 p.m.

WSAW-TV reports emergency responders searched the area last known, and located the helicopter in the Town of Hazelhurst, which is just south of Minoqua.

Details of the crash and condition of the occupants are not being release at this time pending further investigation. No further information is available at this time.



 
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