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4 killed in medical helicopter crash in North Carolina

A Duke Life Flight helicopter went down around 11:45 a.m. Friday near the town of Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles (260 kilometers) east of Raleigh (Photo: Durham EMS)

BELVIDERE, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol says four people have been killed in the crash of a medical helicopter.

Patrol spokesman Master Trooper Christopher Knox said the Duke Life Flight helicopter went down around 11:45 a.m. Friday near the town of Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles (260 kilometers) east of Raleigh.

Knox said it's not known where the helicopter was headed when it went down and authorities have no idea what caused the crash. He said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and state troopers are on the scene to secure the site.

WVEC in Norfolk reported that the helicopter was transporting a patient from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in North Carolina.

The Duke Life Flight web page says its helicopters usually have two critical care providers and a pilot onboard and can only carry one patient at a time.

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