NTSB investigating fatal air ambulance crash in Amarillo

April 29 (UPI) — Federal investigators are looking into the cause of a air ambulance crash that killed three crew members in Amarillo, Texas early Saturday.

The plane, operated by the company Rico Aviation, crashed in a field shortly after takeoff from the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Weather conditions at the time were less-than-ideal. The Amarillo Globe News reported the plane took off under a light rain and sustained winds of 24 mph, with gusts of up to 31 mph.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the plane was a Pilatus PC-12.

Officials have not released the names of the victims.

Rico Aviation released a statement but also did not identify the victims.

“Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night. We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families,” the company said.

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