UPDATED: According to Dustin Ross, Director of Pafford Air One, the crash of the company’s Bell 407 GXP medical helicopter took the lives of Air Methods pilot Michael (Mike) Bollen, 46, of Hot Springs, AR; Pafford’s flight nurse, James (Jim) Lawson Spruiell, 61, of Sulligent, AL; and Pafford flight paramedic John (Trey) Auld, III, 26, of Shreveport, LA.
Ross said the crash occurred early evening on Sunday, November 19 in an isolated area near DeWitt. The crew, based out of Pine Bluff, AR, was en route to Helena Regional Medical Center in Helena, AR.
Ross said the helicopter is owned, operated and maintained for Pafford Air One by Air Methods Corporation.
The investigation is in its early stages, said Ross. The NTSB investigators were expected to arrive at the crash site around midday today.
Ross said, We are all devastated and profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of these valued EMS colleagues and friends. We will continue to try to comfort the crew’s families as well as everyone in our employ.”
DEWITT, AR – The pilot, paramedic and nurse onboard one of Pafford EMS’s Air One medical helicopters were killed in a crash Sunday night in Arkansas County near DeWitt, according to the Arkansas County Sheriff’s Department. Sources indicate it was Pafford Air One Bravo out of Pine Bluff.
There is little information at this time as to how the crash occurred but sources indicate there were no patients onboard at the time of the crash.
Pafford owners Jamie Pafford Gresham, Greg Pafford and John Pafford reacted to the crash in a Facebook post early Monday morning.
We will update as more information is available.