Air ambulance crash kills 5
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.