A medical transport flight’s five passengers, including a patient, perished in a plane crash on Friday night in a hilly region of northern Nevada.
According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s office, calls concerning the incident near Stagecoach, Nevada, started coming in at 9:15 p.m., and two hours later discovered, the debris was.
About 2,500 people live in the rural village of Stagecoach, located approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Reno.
The pilot, a flight nurse, a flight paramedic, a patient, and a patient’s family member were among the fatalities, according to Care Flight, which offers ambulance service by plane and helicopter.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the company’s president and CEO, Barry Duplantis, announced Saturday afternoon that all five victims’ families had been informed.
Duplantis expressed his sincere sympathies to the families of the deceased.
The National Weather Service in Reno had issued a winter storm warning for a significant portion of Nevada, including Lyon County, when the accident happened.
The weather service predicted significant snowfall; wind gusts as high as 65 mph (105 kph), and whiteout conditions between 4 and 6 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Friday and Sunday.
The area is relatively mountainous, according to Lyon County Sgt. Nathan Cooper. It’s not good, especially with the weather the way it is right now.
On Twitter early on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that a seven-person team of investigators would visit the disaster site.
At a news conference on Sunday, the NTSB is anticipated to provide more information.
The downed plane was a Pilatus PC-12, according to Care Flight. According to Federal Aviation Administration data, the plane was built in 2002.
The airline said in a statement that it is stopping flights to concentrate on supporting the families, team members, and responding agencies.