PERQUIMANS COUNTY, N.C.— A Duke Life Flight helicopter has reportedly crashed in Perquimans County, killing all the four occupants including pilots. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) has confirmed the fatalities, while the investigations in the case continue.
Highway Patrol while giving detail about the ill-fated helicopter that went down earlier today said that the crashed helicopter belonged to Duke Life Flight. Officials said that the helicopter went down at around 11:45 a.m. in the area of Swamp Road and Sandy Cross Road.
The Perquimans Sheriff’s office says that it is involved in investigation along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Duke Life Flight is a CAMTS accredited critical care and Emergency Air and Ground transport agency in Durham, NC, providing services to North Carolina and its surrounding states. Duke Life flight operates a state-of-the-art fleet of two rotor wing aircrafts (one hospital-based and one satellite-based) and a fleet of critical care, advanced life support, and basic life support ground ambulances. We are one of the only rotor-wing aeromedical Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capable flight programs in North Carolina.
A spokesperson for Duke Health officials said “with deep sorrow” they could confirm that the helicopter had crashed near Belvidere, an unincorporated community about 12 miles from Elizabeth City between Albemarle Sound and the Chowan River. “We are in the process of directly confirming information related to this incident and will share more information as it becomes available,” Avery said.
A spokeswoman for the Sentera Albemarle hospital, Annya Soucy, said the helicopter had picked up a patient needing an inter-hospital transfer to Duke.