Medical helicopter crashes in Northeast Tennessee

Photo submitted by Christopher Rice

MOUNTAIN CITY (WJHL) – Johnson County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed a medical helicopter crashed in the Laurel Bloomery area of Johnson County while picking up a patient Friday afternoon.

Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed a Wellmont helicopter was picking up a patient involved in a car crash off of Highway 91 and Cold Springs Road.

The patient was loaded onto the helicopter, aircraft took off and was around 100 feet in the air when the motor reportedly stopped working.

The helicopter then came back down and crashed in a parking lot.

The helicopter’s pilot was taken to a hospital.

The car crash patient was later loaded into another helicopter to be flown for treatment.

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