Mayo Clinic helicopter wreckage found in Clay County, Florida

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Courtesy of WDIVDetroit

County and state authorities have located wreckage of a helicopter that went down Monday morning while headed to Gainesville to pick up a heart for transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three people were aboard the helicopter when it apparently went down early Monday morning.  Hours later a Clay County deputy spotted wreckage from the aircraft in the area of Hogarth and Dynamite roads, southwest of Green Cove Springs.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that a helicopter with a pilot and two medical personnel crashed.  Local 4′s sister station in Jacksonville, WJXT, is told that the Bell 206 helicopter is owned by SK Logistics out of St. Augustine.  It left the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville about 6 a.m. to pick up a heart in Gainesville, but never arrived.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has sent one of its helicopters to assist with the search, which at one point included parts of Flagler, Putnam and Clay counties.

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