The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan, Associated Press
A Clay County Sheriff's deputy walks by smoldering brush on his way to wreckage from a helicopter crash in an area west of Green Cove Springs, Fla. Monday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2011. The helicopter was enroute to Gainesville from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to receive a heart for a transplant when it crashed. The three people who were in the helicopter died at the scene.

MIAMI — A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available.

The helicopter left a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Monday around 5:45 a.m. carrying a surgeon and a technician along with the pilot. But Mayo spokeswoman Kathy Barbour says the helicopter never arrived at the Gainesville hospital.

Killed were heart surgeon Dr. Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and the pilot, whose name wasn't released.

Mayo Clinic spokesman Layne Smith says the heart they were going to pick up couldn't be used in another transplant because its viability expired and the patient who'd been scheduled to get it is waiting for a new organ.