Three people were killed when a medical helicopter crashed into a northern Iowa field Wednesday night
Witnesses told deputies that the helicopter burst into flames when it went down around 9 p.m. just north of Ventura in Cerro Gordo County.
The aircraft was affiliated with Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and had been headed to Emmetsburg to pick up a patient.
The hospital identified two of the victims as nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl. The pilot was not identified. The helicopter was operated by a Lewisville, Texas-based service company, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport.