Helicopter down with two fatalities (named here as Steve Cobb and pilot Brandon Ricks) and one serious injury (Brendan Mullen). Bell 206L1 was contracted to US Forestry Service and the crew were working on a prescribed burn of 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.
Force landing in field with patient on board – photos show tail boom separated, starboard skid collapsed. Pilot injured his back. Helicopter was en route to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson from Pioneer Community Hospital in Ackerman.
Pilot smelt burning and made emergency field landing close to road intersection.Â Helicopter burned out on the ground.Â Although fitted with spray bars, operator Custom Air said no chemical was on board.Â Custom Air have three OH-58s registered to them – N128NS (70-15128), N354NS (71-20354), N452MC (69-16110)
AirCare helicopter suffered bird strike and landed safely despite a hole in the wind shield.Â Pilot to hospital.Â On board burns victim patient onward to hospital by land ambulance