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Published December 26, 2011, 03:54 PM

2 Mayo Clinic Workers die in Fla. Helicopter Crash

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — A Mayo Clinic heart surgeon was among three people killed in a helicopter crash in north Florida.

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — A Mayo Clinic heart surgeon was among three people killed in a helicopter crash in north Florida.

The Mayo Clinic says Dr. Luis Bonilla and procurement technician David Hines were on their way to a University of Florida hospital in Gainesville to retrieve a heart for a transplant in Jacksonville when the helicopter went down early Monday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the helicopter crashed about 12 miles northeast of Palatka. The pilot also was killed.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said no additional information was immediately available from the remote crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board also was investigating.

FAA records show the helicopter is operated by SK Jets. The St. Augustine company had no immediate information.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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