Three killed in Decatur County helicopter crash

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Decatur County -  Three people died when a helicopter crashed into a corn field in Decatur County Sunday afternoon.

It happened just before 2 p.m. near County Road 700 West and Base Line Road about six miles west of Greensburg, near the rural area of Burney.

The helicopter was operated by Air Evac Inc., a company that operates a fleet of medical helicopters around the Midwest. According to the company at the FAA, the helicopter was a Bell 206, that worked out of Rushville Hospital.

Air Evac Lifeteam says it's suspending its patient flights following the crash. The delay is so the company can assess flight crews that also flew with the three crew members who were killed.

Air Evac identified the crew as pilot Roger Warren, flight nurse Sandra Pearson, and flight paramedic and base manager Wade Weston. There were no patients on board.

Decatur County Sheriff Daryl Templeton says the helicopter exploded on impact Sunday afternoon.

The crash occurred just after the helicopter left a fundraiser for the Burney Volunteer Fire Department. It was on its way back to Rushville Hospital when it went down.

The NTSB will visit the scene Monday. The investigation could take up to several months before an official cause is determined.