Three people have been killed after an air ambulance service plane crashed in Texas. The crash took place around 12:30 AM on April 30. According to the state’s Department of Public Safety, the crash site is located between Interstate 40 highway and Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. There were no survivors in the crash.
No Patients Aboard Crashed Air Ambulance Service Plane
The air ambulance operator, Rico Aviation has issued a statement to confirm that all three who were killed in the crash were crew members. However, they are yet to release the identities of the three crew members. It’s not yet known whether there were any other people on board the plane. Their statement also expressed their grief over the loss of their team members. Rico Aviation has notified the families of respective crew members.
Investigations to Determine Cause of Crash
The single-engine plane crashed soon after takeoff due to undetermined reasons. Although the Amarillo Police Department is yet to release an official statement as of writing this report, it’s expected that the National Transportation Safety Board will immediately start their investigations. The probe will hopefully determine the cause of the crash that killed three air ambulance service crew members.
According to a statement made by Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration, the air ambulance was heading for Clovis in New Mexico. Lunsford also stated that the plane was a single-engine Pilatus PC-12, which was manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft, a Swiss manufacturer.
Despite there being no official cause of crash determined, local reports have speculated that inclement weather may have played a role. Around the time of the crash, areas surrounding the airport experienced wind speed of around 50 miles per hour. This could have resulted in the crash of the air ambulance plane.