Four Killed in Medical Transport Flight Crash
About the New Mexico Plane Crash
According to Reuters, the small medical transport plane was carrying a patient from the Las Cruces Airport in New Mexico to Phoenix Arizona.
Shortly after take-off, the twin engine plane crashed about a mile south of Interstate 10 and was engulfed in flames. State police reported that the weather was neither windy nor rainy when the plane took off.
Among those killed in the crash were 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summer, and 35-year-old nurse Monica Chavez. The 59-year-old patient, identified as Fredrick Green, was also killed.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the plane crash.
National Aviation Accident Statistics
- According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 1,539 civil aviation accidents were recorded in the U.S. in 2012.
- 280 of the accidents were fatal, resulting in a total of 447 fatalities.
- Among the most common causes of aviation accidents in 2012 were:
- Pilot error
- Mechanical failure
- Fatal crashes were most likely to occur during the take-off phase and cruise phase of flight.