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Friday, March 10, 2023

Four Survive Life Force 6 Crash on Middle Burningtown Road in Macon County

According to flight logs, at about 6:58pm last night, a medical helicopter (a Eurocopter EC135 P2+) operating under the Callsign Lifeforce-6 made a crash landing on Middle Burningtown Road last night. 

Two crew members and a patient being transported from Murphy Medical Center to Memorial Mission in Asheville were then transported to Memorial Mission in Asheville with minor to moderate injuries. One patient was transported to Angel Medical Center. In a press release, Emergency Management Director Warren Cabe said that Middle Burningtown Road would be closed until after an investigation had been completed on Friday. 

According to FAA and NTSB Databases, there are no previous accidents involving N558MT.


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Below are various items related to the crash, including a press release, audio of the initial callout, information about the last flight obtained from flight trackers, and a history of the airframe from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Macon County EMS and Burningtown-Iotla VFD Dispatched

Press Release
Macon County Emergency Services
March 9, 2023
Warren Cabe, Director

Investigators will be on scene of an aircraft crash in Macon County on Friday. A medical transport helicopter crashed west of the Macon County Airport in the Burningtown community around 7 PM. The aircraft was transporting a patient and three crew members and was enroute from a medical facility in Murphy, N.C. to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. Three individuals involved were transported by ground ambulance to Mission Hospital with minor to moderate injuries and one patient was transported to Angel Medical Center for evaluation.

There were no fatalities and no fire although the aircraft sustained severe damage. A section of Middle Burningtown Road will be closed until at least late day on Friday as investigators sift through the wreckage and work to determine the cause of the accident.

Altitude and Speed Tracking for the last flight of N558MT.

Here are the flights taken by Life Force 6 on March 9, 2023.

And here is a registration history for the helicopter that includes previous owners of the airframe.
Dates Entity and Location
26-Sep-2022 Med-Trans Corporation in Denton TX
28-Mar-2017 TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc Trustee in North Salt Lake UT
06-feb-2015 Wells Fargo Bank Northwest National Trustee in Salt Lake City UT
30-nov-2012 Wells Fargo Bank Northwest National Trustee in Lewisville TX
12-oct-2012 Wells Fargo Bank Northwest National Trutee in Lewisville TX
17-aug-2012 American Eurocopter Corp in Grand Prairie TX

Here are other news sources regarding the crash.

• N558MT Crash [Aviation Safety Network]

• LIFE FORCE helicopter carrying patient crashes in Macon County [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

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Published at 5:01am on Friday, March 10, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins