The Latest: Police: Medical flight had mechanical trouble

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Posted: Nov 19, 2016 6:31 PM

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Elko, Nevada, of an air-ambulance flight (all times local):

3:27 p.m.

An Elko, Nevada, police lieutenant says an air-ambulance flight that crashed after taking after takeoff from the Elko airport apparently had mechanical troubles.

Three crew members and a patient were killed in the Friday night crash in an employee parking lot of a mining company. Nobody on the ground was injured.

According to the Elko Daily Free Press (https://goo.gl/IPmcIu ), police Lt. Rich Genseal says the twin-engine plane of Reno-based American Medflight apparently "experienced mechanical problems."

Genseal says the plane was climbing after taking off on a flight for Salt Lake City when it lost altitude and crashed.

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2:45 p.m.

An Elko, Nevada, couple says their 29-year-old daughter was killed in the crash of an air-ambulance flight while working as a flight nurse.

Debbi and Jim Urresti say Tiffany Urresti started working two months ago for American Medflight and had worked as a hospital ER nurse before that.

The parents say their daughter dreamed for years of working as a flight nurse, and the mother says her daughter was engaged to be married next May.

The twin-engine plane crashed Friday night near the Elko airport with two other crew members and a patient aboard.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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9:20 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a fiery crash in northern Nevada in which all four people aboard an air-ambulance flight were reported killed.

The Elko Daily Free Press ( https://goo.gl/15cSe3 ) reports that three crew members and a patient on an American Medflight plane taking the patient to a Utah hospital were killed in the Friday evening crash in Elko.

Reno-based American Medflight did not immediately respond to email and telephone requests for comment, but President John Burruel said in statement that the company is "mourning the loss" of its crew members and patient.

The plane crashed in a mining company's parking lot near a casino and other businesses near Elko Regional Airport and Interstate 80.

Local authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says nobody on the ground was hurt.

No additional information was immediately available.

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1:30 a.m.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane carrying four people has crashed in Elko, Nevada.

Allen Kenitzer says the Piper PA 31 airplane crashed Friday evening under unknown circumstances.

An Elko cardiologist told the Elko Daily Free Press (http://bit.ly/2g5Y32Q) that the plane was transporting a heart patient to the University of Utah.

The newspaper says the plane crashed into the Barrick Gold Corp. parking lot, causing multiple explosions and sending up flames near a busy casino. The Free Press says preliminary reports indicate there were multiple casualties.

Kenitzer says there were no ground injuries.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.