Johnston County Leaders Express Condolences to Families of Life Flight Crash Victims

For Immediate Release

Contact:           Phil Lanier, Director – Johnston Regional Airport
                        Johnston County, North Carolina

Tel: 919-934-0992,


Duke Med’s Helicopter Ambulances Based at Johnston Regional Airport

Johnston County, N.C. – September 8, 2017. Johnston County Commissioners joined staff and others in the community in offering condolences to the families of the four individuals killed in the crash of the Duke Life Flight aircraft earlier today. The helicopter and its crew were based at Johnston Regional Airport (JNX) in Smithfield.  

“Our county’s leadership joins many others around the region and the state in expressing our great shock and sadness over today’s tragedy,” said Jeff Carver, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. “Our hearts, minds and prayers are with the families of those who were on board the Duke Life Flight aircraft, and we offer them our condolences and support in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead.”

Johnston Regional Airport has been the base of operations for Duke Life Flight for over a decade. The program’s two helicopters are among 100 other aircraft based at JNX, which is located about 54 miles southeast of Duke Med’s flagship hospital in Durham. “Our partnership with Duke Life Flight has been and will continue to be a point of considerable pride for JNX,” said Airport Director Phil Lanier. “Their pilots and crew set high standards for professionalism in all that they do, demonstrating courage and dedication in their daily work of saving lives.”

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