Life flight helicopter crashes in South Alabama: four confirmed dead

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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. – The Coffee County Emergency Management Agency have identified the four people who were killed early Saturday morning when a Haynes Life Flight helicopter crashed.

The victims are pilot, Chad Hammond; flight nurse, Stacey Cernadas; flight medic, Jason Snipes; and patient Zach Strickland, WTVY reported.

The Coffee County EMA are on the scene of an accident involving a Life Flight Air Ambulance.  Officials report that around midnight, an Air Ambulance went down and was missing.

The aircraft, operated by Haynes was found at approximately 7 a.m., Saturday morning.  The aircraft had been assisting in an auto accident.

According to our newspartners at al.com, the crash happened in a heavily wooded area in the Goodman community of Coffee County, about 10 miles west of Enterprise. This was about a half-mile from the vehicle crash site.

Officials say that the four people on board, included three crew members and one passenger, were all killed.

 Local authorities continue to investigate the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board will be the lead investigating agency and is scheduled to arrive on site later today. Alabama EMA will continue to support the responding agency as needed.

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