All five passengers aboard a medical transport plane, including the patient, were killed when their plane crashed in the mountains of northern Nevada.
The pilot, the flight nurse and the paramedic, as well as a relative who accompanied the patient, died in the crash near Stagecoach on Friday night.
Barry Duplantis, President and CEO of Care Flight, which provides emergency services by air and helicopter, said: “We extend our deepest condolences to their families.”
The crash happened amid a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Reno for much of Nevada, including parts of Lyon County.
The Weather Service said it expects heavy snowfall, wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour and periods of whiteout conditions between 4 a.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Sunday.
“It’s quite a mountainous region,” said Nathan Cooper, sergeant for Lyon County. “Especially with the weather as it is right now, it’s not very good.”
The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter Saturday morning that it was dispatching a seven-person investigative team to the crash site.
The NTSB is expected to release more information at a press conference on Sunday.
Care Flight identified the plane that crashed as a Pilatus PC-12. Federal Aviation Administration records show the aircraft was manufactured in 2002.
The company said in a statement it is halting flights to focus on helping responding agencies, team members and families.
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