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3 Crew Members Killed in Eastern KY Helicopter Crash

Steve Wagner

Three crew members of the Air Evac Lifeteam were killed last Thursday evening in a helicopter crash just outside of Manchester, KY, about 90 minutes Southeast of Lexington, KY.

The three members were identified as the pilot, Eddie Sizemore, the flight paramedic, Herman “Lee” Dobbs, and the flight nurse, Jesse Jones.

The accident occurred in unknown circumstances; witnesses are saying the helicopter came down through a “dense fog”, but the cause of the crash is still unknown and will remain under investigation. There were no patients on board as the helicopter was on its way back to the base in Manchester, KY after transporting a patient to a hospital in London, KY.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been alerted about the accident and an investigation is underway.

At Wagner Reese, we are saddened to hear the news of the loss of these men and our thoughts go out to their families. We hope that the helicopter company will take appropriate responsibility for this loss of life and that they will compensate the families in the amount they deserve.

In instances like this, it is far too common for companies to fight against work comp death benefit payments and short families out of what they really deserve for the loss of a loved one while on the job. If you have been the victim in a case like this, we urge to seek the assistance of an Indiana worker’s compensation lawyer to fight for your rights. If we can assist you in any way, please give us a call today at (888) 204-8440.


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