December 11th, 2012
01:25 AM ET

3 killed in Illinois medical helicopter crash

A medical helicopter crashed Monday night in northern Illinois, killing all three crew members, authorities said.

A pilot and two flight nurses were on board the chopper when it crashed near the city of Rochelle, about 75 miles west of Chicago, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The helicopter was not carrying any patients at the time.

The copter, which was registered to Rockford Health System, was flying from Rockford to a hospital in Mendota.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The FAA will deploy a team early Tuesday to investigate.

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  1. Camille ware

    My prayers go out 2 the people family they were live savers the lived 2 help other people they angels will look overthem

    December 11, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. john einstein

    I deeply mourn with the bearived family life is so hard to understand we pray for God mercy de next time

    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Margy

    Prayers being said, so sad for all the families.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. i.k

    My contribution is just that what happen have happen.i appeal to goverment to reach the help of those affected?

    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill D


      December 11, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SteveT

      I.K..– I agree, and I am sure the government will reach out and help those that have been affected. Best wishes.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fifi

    My prayers go to the family, friends and co-workers of these wonderful life savers. I'm sorry for your loss. May god be with you in your time of sorrow.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      You will never understand.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brad

    No anger about the "God" comment. I'm annoyed people like you even respond to these comments to get a rise out of others. Get a life.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |

    I pray for the families of the dead, and the goverment should care much to these people and investgate on the cause.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. kele

    Sorry for the loss of these three individuals that give their lives so others may live.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. hydroponicjazz

    Prayers to the family & friends :¬¡(>

    December 11, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    Same type of med chopper crash happened in this area over the potomac river about 3 yrs ago. I worked with flight personal like that. yes its very sad...God look out for them now.

    December 11, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. midachs2

    This is close to where BadBoxer used to live in Illinois.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shaun

    My aunt was on that helicopter. RIP Aunt Karen. You will be greatly missed. Prayers to the other two families affected

    December 11, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • SteveT

      I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Aunt Karen must have been a wonderful person and much beloved. Our prayers go out to your family and the other two families as well. The people who staff these medical helicopters are faithful servants and place themselves in harm's way to save lives. Our hearts go out to you.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      May God grant you and your family healing during this difficult time. Be proud of the contributions Aunt Karen made to help others in their time of need. Prayers are with you, Shaun.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaun

      Thank you Steve and nancy! Really means a lot!

      December 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wannetta

    Thanks for their service and sorrow to their family and friends for their loss.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. ripperAZ

    I pray that if I am badly injured in a crash they use a really fast ambulance and avoid the helicopter!

    December 11, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    Another tragic medical helicopter crash for the area! RIP.. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics lost Medflight in 2008.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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