McGregor Range Helicopter Crash Kills Three

El Paso man among 3 killed in McGregor Range helicopter crash
By Darren Meritz / El Paso Times
Posted: 02/06/2010 01:44:32 PM MST

Three dead in helicopter crash at McGregor RangeHelicopter crashes at McGregor RangeEL PASO – The three-member crew of a Southwest Med Evac helicopter died on Friday night when the aircraft crashed during a training flight at McGregor Range.

The helicopter’s pilot, William Montgomery of Avondale, Ariz., and two paramedics, John Sutter of Las Cruces and Anthony Archuleta of El Paso, were killed when the aircraft crashed as it prepared to land, according to officials from Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., the aircraft’s operator.

The helicopter was not transporting a patient. Details of the crash remained sketchy this afternoon.

“The cause of the accident is unknown at this time,” Anthony DiNota, president and chief operating officer of Omniflight, said in a news release. “There are many questions that need to be answered.”

The crew was participating in a training scenario involving a simulated medical evacuation.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board came to El Paso today to determine what happened. Officials from Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. also were at the crash site.

Southwest Med Evac, a unit of Omniflight Helicopters, is contracted with Fort Bliss for emergency medical services.

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