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Duke Life Flight crew crash victims to be remembered. How you can take part

A Duke Health System Life Flight helicopter is pictured on the landing pad on top of Duke Hospital in this Jan. 18 file photo. A similar copter crashed in Perquimans County on Sept. 8, killing all three crew members and a passenger.
A Duke Health System Life Flight helicopter is pictured on the landing pad on top of Duke Hospital in this Jan. 18 file photo. A similar copter crashed in Perquimans County on Sept. 8, killing all three crew members and a passenger. Duke Health

A memorial service has been set for the three Duke Life Flight crew members and the patient they were transporting who died in a helicopter crash.

The service for Kris Harrison, R.N., Crystal Sollinger, R.N., pilot Jeff Burke and patient Mary Bartlett will be held Wednesday in Duke Chapel from 1-2 p.m., according to a news release. They all died on Sept. 8 when their Duke Life Flight helicopter crashed during a return trip from the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City in Perquimans County. The helicopter went down near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh.

A special tribute also is planned in the quad in front of Duke Chapel at the conclusion of the service.

A memorial wall at Duke Medicine Pavilion has been set up and will remain in place until after Wednesday’s service. People are invited to write messages of condolence on it, the news release said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Duke Hospital has suspended its life flight operations. The helicopter that crashed was based at the Johnston County Airport in Smithfield. Duke’s remaining Eurocopter EC145 helicopter based in Durham is grounded while the crash is being investigated.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews

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