3 dead after medical helicopter crash in eastern Arkansas

DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in eastern Arkansas, killing all three people on board, including a Shreveport man who was part of the crew.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Sources tell KTBS 3 News that among those killed is John (Trey) Auld of Shreveport. Auld was also a member of the Krewe of Centaur.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt at the time of the wreck. Lunsford says no patients were on board.

The helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS. The company said on its Facebook page that it's "devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members."

The Krewe of Centaur released this statement on Auld's death:

We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the Pafford AIR MED helicopter crash near DeWitt, AR, late Sunday evening, carrying three crew members. We are even more saddened to learn that one of the crew members was a beloved Krewe of Centaur member and was currently serving as this year’s Duke of Fun, Trey Auld. Trey will be greatly missed as he was loved by many in our Krewe family. We as a Krewe, extend our deepest sympathies for such a tragic accident and loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

The accident is currently under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

Additional details about what caused the crash are not yet known.