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Official: 2 dead, 1 hurt in AZ helicopter crash

Posted at 5:51 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 19:51:59-05

Two people were killed when a Native Air medical transport helicopter crashed late Tuesday east of Apache Junction.

A third crew member aboard survived the crash and is "safe", according to Christina Brodsly, director of corporate communications for Air Methods.

"We are deeply saddened by the news that two of our crew members were taken from us, and our hearts go out to their family and loved ones," the company said in a statement released Wednesday morning.

The identities of those aboard the Airbus AS350 B3 aircraft were not released. No patients were onboard, said Brodsly.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the helicopter was returning to Globe, Ariz. when it crashed in the Superstition Mountains. Officials said the crash site is located in a remote area and very rugged terrain.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said it is sending investigators to the crash site. A press briefing has been scheduled for 6 a.m. Click here to watch that press briefing live.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

According to its website, Air Methods was founded in 1980.

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