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Kentucky helicopter crew was company's fourth team of three to die

Various officials looked over debris at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in the parking lot next to Paces Elementary School on U.S. 421 in Manchester, Ky., Friday, June 07, 2013. Eddy Sizemore, a former chief deputy for the Laurel County sheriff's office was among three men killed at 11:16 p.m. Thursday in Manchester when the Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter crashed. Also killed were flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones, according to Lifeteam. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Various officials looked over debris at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in the parking lot next to Paces Elementary School on U.S. 421 in Manchester, Ky., Friday, June 07, 2013. Eddy Sizemore, a former chief deputy for the Laurel County sheriff's office was among three men killed at 11:16 p.m. Thursday in Manchester when the Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter crashed. Also killed were flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones, according to Lifeteam. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Air Evac EMS, which is listed as the operator of the helicopter that crashed in Manchester on Thursday, has had 16 accidents since 1998, according to the National Transportation Safety Board's searchable databases.

The Manchester crash was the company's fourth team of three crew members to die since 2007.

In nine of the 16 helicopter crash reports, nine people have been killed in three separate accidents, seven people have been seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries, according to the database.

No injuries were reported in the other accidents, which includes one Cessna airplane, according to the database.

The last time a fatal Air Evac EMS helicopter crash occurred was in 2010 at Walnut Grove, Ark. All three crew members were killed when a Bell 206, built in 1978, went down, said company spokeswoman Julie Heavrin.

Another crash in Greensburg, Ind., in 2008 killed all three crew members, as did a crash in Cherokee, Ala., in 2007, Heavrin said.

The helicopter that crashed Thursday in Clay County was a Bell 206 L manufactured in 1980, according to NTSB records.

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