March 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM CDT - Updated June 20 at 5:45 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A medical helicopter crashed in a thunderstorm in western Tennessee early Thursday, killing a pilot and two nurses on a return trip from delivering a patient. There were no survivors.
Another medical helicopter had declined to make a flight in the area at the time because of the weather.
The flight crashed in a field near Brownsville around 6 a.m. CDT.
Haywood County Sheriff Melvin Bond said nearby factory workers reported seeing a large burst of lightning, followed by an orange glow in the area of the crash.
He said the helicopter crew was communicating with its base when radio contact was lost. The pilot had given no indication of a problem, he said.
Hospital Wing of Memphis, which operated the helicopter, said in a news release the victims were Doug Phillips, 58, of Bartlett, Tenn.; Misty Brogdon, 36, of Jackson; and Cindy Parker, 48, of Dyersburg.
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