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Preliminary investigation report shows possible cause of helicopter crash

Preliminary reports show a flock of birds could have caused the medical helicopter crash that killed local flight nurse, Jim Spruiell.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 8:01 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says birds may have caused the crash that killed local flight nurse, Jim Spruiell.

It happened the night of November 19 near Stuttgart, Arkansas, when Spruiell and two others were flying from Pine Bluff to a hospital in Helena to pick up a critical patient.

The report shows the skies were clear and visible for 10 miles but dark due to the time they were traveling.

It also says residents near the accident site reported hearing a "boom" and seeing a fire plume.

This is a preliminary report and it may take up to two years before a final report on the cause of the crash is released.

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