Two die in medical helicopter crash in Arizona

By on December 16, 2015
Two die in medical helicopter crash in Arizona

Two crew members have died after the medical helicopter they were travelling in went down Tuesday night about 20 miles east of Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona.

Air Methods, which owns the company operating the aircraft, said the chopper was carrying a pilot, a paramedic and a nurse. No names were released and the company didn’t further identify the survivor.

Company spokeswoman Christina D. Brodsly said in an email to The Associated Press that no patients were on board.

“Air Methods confirmed that there were two fatal injuries,” the statement said. ” We can also confirm that one crew member is safe.”

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Arizona Republic earlier that the chopper went down under unknown circumstances in Pinal County, about 55 miles east of Phoenix. It was headed to the town of Globe, further to the east.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety told the paper that it was first notified of the crash at about 8 p.m.

A medical helicopter crashed late Tuesday night in “rugged terrain” east of Phoenix, killing two of the three people aboard, officials said.

A third crew member is safe, the aircraft company said early Wednesday without elaborating.

Air Methods, which owns the company operating the aircraft, said the chopper was carrying a pilot, a paramedic and a nurse. No names were released and the company didn’t further identify the survivor.

Company spokeswoman Christina D. Brodsly said in an email to The Associated Press that no patients were on board.

“Air Methods confirmed that there were two fatal injuries,” the statement said. ” We can also confirm that one crew member is safe.”

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Arizona Republic earlier that the chopper went down under unknown circumstances in Pinal County, about 55 miles east of Phoenix. It was headed to the town of Globe, further to the east.

Elizabeth J. Bentley

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