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3 people in critical condition after medical helicopter crash Saturday morning


Three people were injured when a medical helicopter crashed near Alexandria early Saturday morning.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office got a call a little after 2 a.m. on Saturday morning saying that a helicopter had crashed on the east side of Lake Winona near the airport, authorities said in a news release.

The helicopter belonged to North Memorial Medical Center.

The three people on board were crew members – no patients were in the helicopter, North Memorial said in a Facebook post.

According to the post, all three are in critical condition.

They were taken to Douglas County Hospital where staff had activated an Emergency Response plan, before being moved to North Memorial, the release said.

“I am extremely proud of our team members for their response at the site,” J. Kevin Croston, MD, CEO of North Memorial Health Care said in the post. “Our immediate concern is with our crew members who are now being treated at North Memorial Medical Center. We are glad they are here. There is no better place to receive care.”

The helicopter was on the way to the airport in Alexandria when the crash occurred, KARE said.

North Memorial said that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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