Helicopter transit company on scene of Ill. crash

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — The company that employed the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in northern Illinois has pledged its "full cooperation" to investigators.

Rockford Memorial Hospital says pilot Andy Olesen and nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow were killed when the helicopter crashed Monday night in a field near Rochelle, Ill., about 70 miles west of Chicago. They were traveling to pick up a patient at a Mendota hospital.

The 65-year-old Oleson was employed by Colorado-based Air Methods. Rockford Memorial owned the helicopter but contracted with Air Methods for services.

The hospital says Olesen had flown its helicopter for about five years.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that its officials are on the scene and fully cooperating with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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