Medical Transport Plane Crashes, Kills 4
On Friday night in Elko, Nevada, a medical transport plane crashed, starting a fire and killing four passengers onboard. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion at roughly 7:15 P.M. The plane crashed in the parking lot of the Barrick Gold Corporation.
Authorities reported that the plane was climbing after leaving for a flight to Salt Lake City, when suddenly, it lost altitude and came down. The plane was transporting a heart patient to University of Utah when it crashed.
There were no reports of injuries to individuals on the ground.
It was not immediately known why the Piper PA 31 aircraft crashed, but the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating to determine the exact cause.
The Elko fire chief reported that after multiple explosions and flames, there was not much left of the aircraft following the crash. The explosions and flames arose near a casino, housing complex, and supermarket.
The company who owned the air ambulance, American Medflight, confirmed that the four passengers included three crew members and a patient. They released the following statement:
"We are devastated by this event and wish we had answers to the many questions being asked at this time. We are cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration as they investigate the accident."
This is at least the third air ambulance crash in recent months.