Phoenix, AZ

Two people are dead after a medical helicopter carrying three people on board crashes near Phoenix, Arizona late Tuesday night.

According to the Federal Aviation Authority, the AS350 owned by Air Methods was on its way to the city of Globe when it crashed into the Superstition Mountains. The crash was about 55 miles east of Phoenix.

The circumstances surrounding what caused the helicopter to crash are not known.

Officials described the area where the helicopter went down as “very rugged terrain.”

On board were a pilot, paramedic, and a nurse.

The names of the victims or the survivor have not been released.

Air Methods released a statement Tuesday night saying, “Native Air (Ambulance) reported that an accident involving an AS350 B3 occurred Tuesday, Dec. 15 near Apache Junction. At this time we can confirm that three crewmembers – pilot, flight paramedic and flight nurse – were onboard the aircraft. The FAA and the NTSB have our full cooperation as they further investigate the accident. We want to continue to make sure we have all of the facts correct. We will be back in touch with you once we have more information.”

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