26-Dec-11 N5016M Bell 206B Palatka, US-Florida (3F)

3 died when their JetRanger crashed en route from Jacksonville to Gainesville to retrieve a heart meant for a patient at the Mayo Clinic, police and hospital officials said.  The crash killed cardiac surgeon Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and pilot Hoke Smith shortly before 6 a.m. in a dense pine forest southwest of Green Cove Springs. Smith was the owner of helicopter operator SK Jets and had recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.  Reg N5016M not N95SK as previously reported

Date
December 26, 2011
Reg
N5016M
Make
Bell
Model
B206
MSN
2636
Location
about 12 miles northeast of Palatka
Country
US-Florida
CivilMilitary
Civil
Fatal
3
Operator
SK-Jets
Link 1
http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-12-26/story/3-die-crash-helicopter-meant-retrieve-heart-mayo-clinic-patient
Link 2
http://www.news4jax.com/news/Authorities-search-for-down-Mayo-Clinic-helicopter/-/475880/7018848/-/lciukmz/-/
Link 3
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/26/helicopter-crash-kills-2-mayo-employees/

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