Medical chopper crashes, killing 3

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GEORGETOWN, SC (WSFA) -  Three people are dead, after a medical helicopter crashed in South Carolina.

The chopper had dropped off a patient at a Charleston hospital, and ran into inclement weather on the way back to the airport.

The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, but it crashed in Georgetown County about two miles away from the airport.

All three crew members on board were killed.

A spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, says there appeared to be no evidence or pre-impact malfunction with the equipment.

The helicopter appeared to hit the ground nose-first and was upside-down.

The helicopter belonged to OmniFlight, a Texas-based company that operates 100 aircraft in 18 states.

Crews say they will wrap up the on-site search in the next 5 days, but the investigation will continue for up to a year.

Also over the next year, the NTSB will likely come out with new safety recommendations.