The Le Bonheur crash took the life of a helicopter pilot and two medical staff people from Memphis Children’s Hospital who were on their way to pick up an ailing child for transport to the hospital on Tuesday. According to UPI.com on Oct. 22, the helicopter crashed about halfway from their departure site in Memphis and Bolivar, which was the crew’s destination.
The three people killed died at the scene of the crash. They were identified as the pilot, Charles Smith, 47, of Eads, and two medical workers from the Memphis Children’s Hospital, nurse Carrie Barlow, 43, and respiratory therapist Denise Adams, who was also 43.
The helicopter was on the way to pick up a child who was very ill in renal failure and bring him to Le Bonheur, but they never made it. The hospital arranged for the child to get there by ambulance after word of the crash came through.
The medical director of Le Bonheur’s air transport program, Dr. Jay Pershad, was devastated over the loss of his co-workers. Company CEO Bill Conway was equally as distraught as he told the media all three of the people who died today were personal friends of his.
The helicopter came down in a wooded area. It is not known what happened for the helicopter to come down. An investigation is underway.