5 dead after the Care Flight crash, including a patient and a pilot

Five people — including a patient and a pilot — were killed Friday after a Care Flight Inc. plane crashed near Stagecoach, Nevada, about 45 miles east of Reno.

The crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. local time when the Lyon County Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a possible plane crash in the Stagecoach, according to a news release from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. It was confirmed that the fixed-wing aircraft was operated by Care Flight, an intensive care transport service.

Around 11:15 pm after a search, the plane was found.

“We are saddened to have now received confirmation from the Central Lyon County Fire Department that none of the five people on board survived. One family member. We are in the process of notifying their family members,” read a media release from Care Flight.

“As is the case for Guardian and Care Flight safety operation in these situations, we are in a negative position for all Guardian and Care Flight flights across the Company. We will work with each of our operations to ensure they are able to return to service,” the statement read.

The Lyon Central Fire Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department are working with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the accident, which is under investigation.


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