It has been reported that an air ambulance crashed overnight just south of an Amarillo airport. The crash, which involved a Pilatus PC-12, occurred near Southeast Third Avenue and Pullman Road, close to the railroad tracks.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley, the incident occurred around 12:30 AM. Three crew members on the plane died. All three worked for Rico Aviation, an Amarillo fixed-wing air ambulance company. It is currently unclear whether there were any other people on board the plane and whether the plane was simply traveling to or returning from medical transport.
“Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night,” said the company. “We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families.”
The cause of the accident is still uncertain; however, weather conditions had been worsening Friday night with light rain and a 23 mph wind with gusts up to 31 mph. The FAA currently has an investigator at the scene, and the NTSB announced on Twitter that they will be investigating the incident as well.