Air Ambulance Crash Claims Lives of Three Crew Members
An air ambulance crashed just south of the airport in Amarillo, TX early in the morning on Saturday, April 29.
Authorities stated that all three people on board the Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft were killed when their airplane crashed near Pullman Road and Southeast Third Avenue. While the exact time of the incident was not clear, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that officers responded to the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m.
On Saturday afternoon, Richard Coon, the president of Rico Aviation stated that the names of the deceased would not be released, but that their next of kin had been notified. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, the weather in the area was worsening through Friday night into Saturday morning.
According to Trent Hoffeditz, a meteorologist for National Weather Service Amarillo, visibility was around 10 miles with 23-24 mph winds with gusts reaching 31-32 mph at the expected time of the crash.
Rico Aviation released an official statement on the crash though their Facebook page, saying that:
“Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night. We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families."