Air am­bu­lance crash kills 5

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board will lead the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, FAA spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Corey said.

An air am­bu­lance crashed shortly af­ter take­off from a West Texas air­port Sun­day, killing all five peo­ple on board.

The crash hap­pened about 12:15 a.m. about a mile east of Alpine-Cas­paris Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port, about 200 miles south­east of El Paso. The twin-en­gine Cessna 421 had just taken off when it went down in an open area, ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The air­craft was car­ry­ing a pa­tient and his wife to Mid­land, the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety said. It iden­ti­fied the vic­tims as 78-year-old pa­tient Guy Richard Fol­ger of Alpine, his wife, Mary Fol­ger, 59; two flight nurses, Sharon Falkener, 49, of Fort Davis and Tracy Cham­bers, 42, of Alpine; and pi­lot Ted Caf­farel, 59, of Beau­mont.

Caf­farel was ap­par­ently try­ing to make an emer­gency land­ing when the plane hit a rut in the muddy field, over­turned and burned, the DPS said.

The air­craft was reg­is­tered to O’Hara Fly­ing Ser­vice II LP of Amar­illo. Com­pany owner Denny O’Hara de­clined to com­ment.

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