Medical plane crash kills all 5 onboard


 
 

| Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Update:

The airplane crew has been identified as flight nurse Brian Miller, 44, from Roswell; paramedic Deanna Palmer, 40, from Arizona; and pilot Ricky Byers, 56, from Texas.

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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

A medical plane crashed overnight, killing all five people onboard, including a girl en route to a hospital, authorities said. A search helicopter found the wreckage early Monday.

Tracy Smith and her daughter, 15-month-old Lily Smith, were among those killed, said Peter Olson, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Police have not released the identities of the 56-year-old pilot, a 44-year-old nurse and a 40-year-old paramedic, pending family notification, Olson said.

There were reports of nearby thunderstorms earlier in the evening, but it wasn't known if weather was a factor in the crash.




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