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Three Die in Fiery Arizona Medical Helicopter Crash

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) –Three people who died when the medical helicopter that were on crashed on a Tucson street have been identified.

Alexander Kelley, 61, was flying the helicopter that was traveling to Douglas from Marana on Wednesday when it crashed. The flight nurse was identified as 41-year-old Parker Summons and the paramedic as 28-year-old Brenda French.

All were employees of Colorado-based Air Methods, an air ambulance company that owned the helicopter.

Air Methods vice president Craig Yale says the helicopter had undergone routine maintenance and the crew picked it up to return it to Douglas where it’s based.

Yale says company representatives are cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

Witnesses told The Arizona Daily Star the helicopter crashed into a fence in front of the house on Park Avenue just south of Glenn Street.

Ricardo Carrasco told the Star he saw the helicopter plummet to the ground after the rotors stopped working. He said the pilot managed to steer it away from the house.

Tucson firefighters extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported on the ground.