FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Two ical helicopters collided Sunday afternoon about a half-mile from a northern Arizona hospital, killing at least six people and critically injuring a nurse, a federal official said. Two emergency workers on the ground were injured after the collision.
Three of the fatalities were aboard a Bell 407 helicopter operated by Air Methods out of Englewood, Colo. At least one of the dead was the patient.
Three others were killed aboard another Bell 407 helicopter operated by Classic Helicopters of Woods Cross, Utah. A fourth person on that helicopter was critically injured.
Classic Helicopters spokesman Matt Stein said his company's crew was landing at the Flagstaff Medical Center carrying a patient with a medical emergency from the Grand Canyon's South Rim. He said the copter's pilot, paramedic and patient all died in the crash. A flight nurse was in critical condition.
Air Methods officials didn't immediately return calls Sunday.