Helicopters collide near Flagstaff hospital

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Late Sunday afternoon, a helicopter with Guardian Air Transport and a helicopter operated by Classic Lifeguard collided near Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), killing six people and injuring several others.

According to a statement issued by FMC, three of the crash victims were received by FMC. Two were deceased and one was in critical condition. FMC also treated three emergency responders who were injured at the scene.

FMC contracts with Air Methods for all air services for Guardian Air Transport and owns the Guardian Air helicopters. They also provide medical personnel for the flight crews.

According to other news reports, witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion when the crash occured. Others reported that their houses shook from the explosion.

One of the helicopters was transporting a patient from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of the victims' familes. All inquiries about the crash are being referred to the Flagstaff Police Department, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

No additional details were available at press time.


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