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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Air Evac Crash Kills 3

Updates below

Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter involved in accident


Air Evac Lifeteam release
December 30, 2007

An Air Evac Lifeteam air medical helicopter, based in Muscle Shoals, Ala., was involved in an accident around 3:05 a.m. this morning, killing all three crew members aboard the aircraft.

“This is a tragic day for us here at Air Evac Lifeteam,” said Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Colin Collins. “These were our family members and we are devastated at this loss. Our focus at this time is on providing support for the family and friends of these crew members.”

The crew was dispatched about 1:32 a.m. to assist Colbert County law enforcement officials who were involved in a search for a hunter who had gotten lost in a wooded area south of Barton in Colbert County. The aircraft went down near Mount Mills Road.

The names of the crew members are not being released pending notification of next-of-kin.

At this time, the cause of the accident is unknown. Officials with the FAA have been notified and will begin their formal investigation.

Air Evac Lifeteam, operated by Air Evac EMS, Inc., is the largest independently owned air medical provider in the United States. The company operates 75 bases in 12 states throughout the central United States. The Muscle Shoals base has been in operation since May 2001.

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Update:

Emergency officials identified the victims as Allan Bragwell and Tiffany Miles, both of Florence and pilot Michael Baker of Florida. Their ages were not immediately available.

Visitation for Allan Bragwell is planned for Wednesday, January 2, from 1600-2100hrs at Greenview Funeral Home at 3657 Old Chisholm Road in Florence. Their phone number is (256) 764-2411. Funeral is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, at 1300 hours at Underwood Baptist Church in Florence. The church is located at 5091 Highway 157. The church's number is (256) 766-4838.

Visitation for Tiffany Miles is planned for Thursday, January 3, from 1600-2100hrs at Greenview Funeral Home at 3657 Old Chisholm Road in Florence. Their phone number is (256) 764-2411. Funeral is scheduled for Friday, January 4, at 1400 hours at Woodmont Church in Florence.

Memorial Fund:

Air Evac 16 Memorial Fund
Bank Independent
PO Box 5000
Sheffield, Alabama 35660

Please remember the crew and their families in your prayers.

11 Comments:

At 1/02/2008 04:24:00 PM , OpenID lkbullard said...

I am so sorry for your loss. As a Paramedic, we take for granted that anything will actually happen to us out there. My prayers are with you all.

Medic 16566

 
At 1/03/2008 01:54:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a member of U of M Survival Flight, please accept my condolences. We lost 6 members of our team this past year in a tragic accident. I understand the emotional toll this will take on everyone. Your Air Evac team and their families will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

 
At 1/03/2008 03:02:00 PM , Blogger Shawn said...

Thank you for putting this on your page. I was close fiends with the pilot Mike Baker who used to be a Coast Guard pilot with me in Traverse City Michigan. As with the other members of the crew, he will be truly missed. I'm sorry for your loss at Survival Flight. I took part in the search for the Citation last year. My condolances.

 
At 1/03/2008 11:23:00 PM , Blogger Terry said...

I would like express my condolonces to the family & friends of the crew lost in this tragic accident. I work for and ambulance service in Southern IL. and 2 of my dear friends work for Air Evac in the same county. Please know my thoughts & prayer will hold you close.

medic 279

 
At 1/03/2008 11:24:00 PM , Blogger Terry said...

I would like to express my condolences to family & friends of the Air Evac crew lost in this tragic accident. I work for an ambulance service in Southern IL. and 2 of my dear friends work for Air Evac based in the same county I work in. I will keep you all in my thought & prayers.

 
At 1/04/2008 01:54:00 PM , Anonymous CDP said...

We are also so very sorry for your loss. As EMS Director at Madison County EMS here in Georgia, I wish to say how proud we are of the great job that you do even though at great risk. May God bless you and forever keep you in the palm of His hand as you continue to care for your fellow man. You are ALL in our prayers.

 
At 1/05/2008 10:13:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a flight nurse for air evac 39 in Brazil indiana. I would like to say thank you all for your kind words this has affected all of us. Mike did workovers here! He was a exceptional person! He and tiffany and allen will be missed! Again thank you!

 
At 1/05/2008 11:25:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the honor of working with both Allan and Tiffany for many years at Helen Keller Hospital. They will be greatly missed by all....Allan was by far the most compassionate Paramedic I have ever worked with. He not only taught me had to be a better EMT but also a better person! Please everyone continue to pray for their families and the AE16 Lifeteam and Keller EMS where Allan was a paramedic for 17 years!

 
At 4/29/2008 09:37:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this page up for these three brave people. I am Kayla Reynolds and Tiffany Miles was my cousin, we are very hurt over the loss, but we know she is in a better place! Just keep our family in your prayers and keep on remembering her two sons Noah and Owen, they really miss their Mommy!!! And also remember my Aunt Carol and Uncle Terry. THANKS FOR ALL THE PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!!!!!

 
At 5/10/2008 10:19:00 AM , Blogger Maureen Niedieck said...

I was a neighbor of Mike Baker in Chesterfield MI where he still had a house. Although we have not seen Mike in awhile, he will be truly missed by all who knew him

 
At 9/01/2010 03:15:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question to make sure im correct over the past 3 yrs how many Air Evac crashes has there been and how many fatalities??i totally support all my AE crews but was curious as to the stats?

 

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