3 killed in Tucson crash of medical helicopter

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UPDATE: Air Methods Corporation reported that a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter based in Douglas, Arizona crashed at approximately 1:40 p.m. in Tucson, according to a Company spokesperson.

The paramedic, flight nurse and pilot on board the aircraft received fatal injuries.

No patients were on board at the time of the accident. The aircraft operated in support of the company's LifeNet Arizona program.

Company officials are en route to the area. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident with full cooperation and support from the Company.

"This is a sad day for all of us at Air Methods and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of our employees who perished while on duty," said Aaron Todd, chief executive officer of Air Methods Corporation.

The helicopter is owned by Colorado-based AirMethods. Company officials declined comment on the incident, according to the Associated Press.

Ricardo Carrasco told the Arizona Daily Star that he saw the helicopter's rotors stop working and the craft plummeted to the ground. He says the pilot managed to steer it away from the house.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - A medical helicopter flying over Tucson has crashed in midtown, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Two people were sent to University Medical Center with life threatening injuries but one has died, FAA officials said.

Officials say the LifeNet medical helicopter was traveling to Douglas from Marana when it crashed about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The stretch of Glenn in the area is closed while first responders handle the scene.

The helicopter crashed into a fence in front of a house on Park Avenue just south of Glenn Street, eyewitnesses said.

Multiple eyewitnesses at nearby businesses also said they saw a helicopter crash and the resulting smoke rising from the scene.

Tucson firefighters extinguished the fire and there were no reported injuries on the ground.

The helicopter was a LifeNet craft, officials with the FAA said.

LifeNet Health is a nonprofit organization that deals with transporting people for emergency medical situations.

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