Duke Life Flight crash kills four

On 8 September, a Duke Life Flight helicopter crashed into a field outside of Belvidere in North Carolina, US. The patient and three crew members lost their lives in the crash. Duke Life Flight named the crew as pilot Jeff Burke, flight nurse Crystal Sollinger and flight nurse Kris Harrison.

Duke Life Flight is a CAMTS-accredited critical care and emergency air and ground transport agency based in Durham, North Carolina, providing services to North Carolina and its surrounding states.

In a joint statement, Duke University president Vincent E. Price and A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs for Duke University and CEO of Duke University Health System, said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that a Duke LifeFlight helicopter crashed earlier today in eastern North Carolina, with no evidence at this time that there were any survivors. The men and women of Duke LifeFlight put themselves at risk every day to save the lives of others, and the colleagues we lost in today’s terrible tragedy embodied Duke’s commitment to service and healing. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues. There will be opportunities in the coming days to join together in remembering these Duke colleagues and the lifesaving work they were committed to providing.”

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