Pilot, 2 crew members killed in medical helicopter crash

Posted at: 07/17/2014 7:35 AM
Updated at: 07/17/2014 2:35 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Photo: Courtesy photo

Photo: Courtesy photo

New Mexico State Police say a pilot and two crew members died in a medical helicopter crash east of Santa Rosa early Thursday.

"(Preliminary) indications indicate the crash and resulting fire were not survivable," NMSP wrote on their Facebook page.

The aircraft went down around 3 a.m. north of Newkirk. The identities of the crash victims have not been released at this time.

"These crew members were our colleagues, our friends, and our neighbors. Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day," a spokesperson for Christus St. Vincent Medical Center wrote.

The medical helicopter took off from Santa Fe and was en route to Tucumcari to pick up a patient before the crash.

Tri-state Careflight notified state police that they lost contact with one of their helicopters around 2:36 a.m. While officers responded to the last known location of the chopper, the landowner searched the area and found the aircraft fully engulfed in flames on the side of a rocky mountain.

New Mexico State Police Officers are investigating the incident with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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