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Arizona Helicopter Crash, 2nd One in Days, Kills 2

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 05:55 AM

Two people were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in rugged terrain in Arizona and a third person aboard survived, according to the company owning the chopper. It was the second multiple-fatality medical chopper crash in a week.

Air Methods, which owns the company operating the aircraft, said early Wednesday that a third crew member is "safe," but did not elaborate, reported The Associated Press.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Arizona Republic that the chopper went down under unknown circumstances in Pinal County, about 55 miles east of Phoenix. It was headed to Globe, several miles further east.

Air Methods said the helicopter was carrying a pilot, a paramedic and a nurse. No names were released.

Company spokeswoman Christina D. Brodsly said in an email that no patients were on board.

No other details of the crash were immediately available.

On Thursday, all four people aboard a medical helicopter carrying a patient to a hospital in California were killed when it crashed amid heavy rain and fog.

The SkyLife air ambulance had a pilot, a nurse, a paramedic and a patient aboard when it went down in a remote field about halfway through its planned 50-mile trip Thursday night.

The Bell helicopter was headed from Porterville Municipal Airport south to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield when it crashed. 

There was dense fog and heavy rain in the area and it wasn't clear whether that caused the crash.

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Two people were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in rugged terrain in Arizona and a third person aboard survived, according to the company owning the chopper. It was the second multiple-fatality medical chopper crash in a week.
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