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Four Killed in Huntsville Helicopter Crash

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Over the weekend four people lost their lives when a medical
helicopter crashed outside of Huntsville. The chopper took off at 2:45 am
Sunday morning and crashed just minutes later. Despite intense search efforts
the wreckage was not found until nearly six hours after the crash. The
helicopter was on a waiting list to be equipped with night-vision technology
that was recommended by National Transportation Safety Board over two years
ago, but had not yet been equipped with the potentially life saving gear.

The crash Sunday killed patient David Disman, flight nurse
Jana Bishop, pilot Wayne Kirby and flight paramedic Stephanie Waters.

Walker County Chief Deputy Butch Davis said the helicopter
crew was taking Disman, 58, from Huntsville Memorial Hospital to Memorial
Hermann Hospital in Houston at the time of the crash for surgery.

Just hours earlier the flight crew helped to save the life
of a 2-year-old that had been pulled from a swimming pool. They will be remembered
for their courage and professionalism.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.