The helicopter and its deceased occupants were located early Friday morning in a hardwood forest in the town of Hazelhurst, about seven miles south of Minocqua and a mile east of U.S. Highway 51.
At least three people were killed as a result of a Spirit air ambulance helicopter crash in the Oneida county of the U.S. state of Wisconsin, the AP news agency reported, citing the sheriff's office.
No identities are being released at this time, pending notification to family members.
Authorities are releasing the names of three victims killed in a medical helicopter crashed in northern Wisconsin. He said the body of the pilot is being sent for an autopsy under standard protocol.
Update 1:10 p.m. Statement from Ascension Wisconsin and Air Methods is at the end of the story.
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A joint statement by Ascension and Air Methods Friday announced they were stopping both ground and air medical transportation until it was appropriate to resume operations.
The helicopter went missing Thursday night, according to the sheriff's office. Dispatchers received a call that the chopper was missing 25 minutes later, and a search was launched. No patients were on board.
The FAA and NTSB are continuing to investigate the crash. He said a preliminary reporting outlining the facts and circumstances of the crash is expected within two weeks.
Ascension Health, a nonprofit health system, has not returned messages from The Associated Press seeking further details about the crash.