LAS CRUCES, N.M. (August 28, 2014) All four people aboard a medical flight including the three Texans on the crew died were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces, N.M., authorities said.
The twin-engine plane had just taken off from the Las Cruces airport en route to Phoenix and was at a low altitude when it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening, New Mexico State Police said.
Authorities identified the crew members as the pilot, Freddy Martinez, 29, flight paramedic Tauren Summers, 27, and flight nurse Monica Chavez, 35, all from El Paso.
The patient who was killed was identified as Fredrick Green, 59, of Las Cruces.
According to State Police, the plane belonged to Amigos Aviation and was contracted by Elite Medical Transport.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash's cause.