2 Dead, 1 Survivor After Medical Helicopter Crashes in Arizona

There were no patients onboard the aircraft when it went down.

December 16, 2015, 12:50 AM

— -- Two crew members have died after the medical helicopter they were traveling in went down Tuesday night about 20 miles east of Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona.

Air Methods, the owner of Native Air Ambulance, confirmed to ABC News that there were two fatal injuries in the accident.

"We are deeply saddened by the news that two of our crew members were taken from us, and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones." Air Methods Director of Corporate Communications Christina Brodsly said in an official statement.

The statement also confirmed that a third person onboard was alive and safe, and that no patients were onboard the aircraft when it crashed.

The identities of those onboard have not been released, but during search and rescue efforts, Air Methods did confirm that a pilot, flight paramedic and flight nurse had been on the helicopter.

Arizona's Department of Public Safety had issued a statement saying the crash sight had been located in "very rugged terrain."

"The FAA and the NTSB have our full cooperation as they further investigate the incident," Brodsly said in an official statement.

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