On the night of Wednesday, August 27, a twin-engine plane carrying four people crashed in Las Cruces near the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds, killing all occupants.
The aircraft, a Cessna 421, belonged to Amigos Aviation of Harlingen, TX, and had been contracted by Elite Medical Transport out of El Paso. Three of those onboard were medical personnel, including 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez; 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez; and flight paramedic Tauren Summers, 27.
The fourth, a 59-year-old Las Cruces man named Frederick Green, was being transported to Phoenix to receive cancer treatments and surgery for a brain tumor he had been diagnosed with in June. His initial treatments had been effective, but the tumor returned and was growing.
Green’s family was with him as he boarded the plane in Las Cruces around 7 o’clock. Minutes later, the plane crashed. Witnesses say that the plane was at a very low altitude, ultimately striking a berm and landing on its roof. National Transportation Safety Board investigators believe that the aircraft burst into flames on impact.
Witnesses report that the weather was clear when the plane took off, and is not considered a factor in the crash. Fire personnel were on the scene quickly to extinguish the flames, but there were no survivors.
NTSB investigators anticipate that the accident investigation will be fairly straightforward, thanks to the close proximity to the airport and numerous eyewitness accounts.
The Arizona aviation accident attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten send their deepest condolences to the victims’ family and friends following this tragic accident.