INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev. (AP) -- A medical helicopter crashed in snowy weather after taking a patient to a hospital, killing the pilot and two nurses.
The Euro BO-105 helicopter had taken someone to Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, which operates the Flight for Life air ambulance program. During the flight back to their base in Pahrump, the crew failed to make a radio check-in at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, hospital officials said.The twin-engine aircraft was reported down at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday near Indian Springs, 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Jerry Acosta, a duty officer with the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles.
Snow was falling at the time of the crash, said Las Vegas Police Lt. Richard Alba.
The victims were identified as pilot James Bond Jr. and flight nurses Kathy Batterman and Leroy Shelton, according to hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Blair. It was the first fatal crash involving a Flight for Life helicopter since 1983, when three crew members were killed, Blair said.