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LODD: 4 killed in NM medical flight crash

A paramedic, pilot, nurse and patient all died when the plane crashed and burst into flames on the way to Phoenix; the cause is under investigation

The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.

New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix at a low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

State Police identified the crew members killed as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flightparamedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. The patient who was killed was identified as 59-year-old Fredrick Green of Las Cruces.

According to State Police, the plane belonged to Amigos Aviation and was contracted by Elite Medical Transport.

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash's cause.

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Jodie A Lively Jodie A Lively Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:14:00 AM Thoughts and prayers for all the family's .
Eric John Wunder Eric John Wunder Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:53:11 PM Sad day
Gloria Tait Gloria Tait Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:21:43 PM Very sad.
Laura Finnegan Laura Finnegan Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:32:32 PM Thoughts and prayers to their families and coworkers. RIP you have answered your last alarm.
Jennifer Chyzy Jennifer Chyzy Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:45:14 PM My prayers to all who lost their lives . Rip . Former flight nurse from Chicago
Darci Grunett Darci Grunett Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:56:48 PM Thoughts and prayers for the families.
Jennifer Bolton Rutland Jennifer Bolton Rutland Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:08:32 PM Prayers from Alabama for the family and coworkers.
Cynthia Baldwin Cynthia Baldwin Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:01:29 PM God bless them and their families.
Joanne Parson Joanne Parson Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:17:34 PM Our thoughts are with the families, friends & coworkers. (Canada)
Lee Thetford Lee Thetford Friday, August 29, 2014 2:34:34 AM I work for an 911 service/fixed wing flight service that operates in the northern Texas panhandle my overactive imagination used to bug me thinking about crashing when I first started working there but I kinda just got used to it. Hearing stories like this really worries me though. My prayers go out to the families and loved ones of these folks.
Scott Stewart Scott Stewart Friday, August 29, 2014 6:06:01 AM Thoughts and prayers
Kierston J. Oldroyd Kierston J. Oldroyd Friday, August 29, 2014 9:42:14 AM Where can we send condolence cards for this department?
Terri Sykes Terri Sykes Sunday, August 31, 2014 3:55:39 AM Lots of prayers to the friends and family.

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