5 killed in US air ambulance crash

July 5, 2010 02:17


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ALPINE, Texas  — An air ambulance crashed shortly after takeoff from a West Texas airport, killing all five people aboard Sunday.

The crash happened about 12:15 a.m., a mile east of Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, about 200 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of El Paso, Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration said the twin-engine Cessna 421 had just taken off for Midland International Airport in Midland, Texas, when it went down in an open area.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the pilot was apparently trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit a rut, overturned and burned.

The FAA lists the aircraft as registered to O'Hara Flying Service II LP of Amarillo. Company owner Denny O'Hara declined to comment to The Associated Press.

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