Deadly Plane Crash Reported Northwest of Mandan
According to the Morton County Sheriff's Facebook page, a plane operated by Metro Area Ambulance crashed NW of Mandan late last night, taking the lives of the 3 occupants.
MANDAN, ND — A plane crash overnight takes the lives of 3 people.
A plane operated by Metro Area Ambulance crashed NW of Mandan late last night, taking the lives of the 3 occupants.
Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier tells KFGO News, the three occupants that were killed were all medical personnel.
“We did get that it was at an altitude and they lost contact with it,” Kirchmeier said. “There was no radio or radar contact, after a certain point. [And] that’s when we started looking into this further and start searching for the aircraft.”
A search by the sheriff’s office, Civil Air Patrol and Air Force Rescue Team led them to the crash site around 2 a.m. Monday. Sheriff Kirkmeier says the twin engine Cessna crashed in rough terrain not easily accessible by vehicles.
The aircraft was operated by Metro Area Ambulance.
The sheriff says there was light snow at the time the plane crashed.
Federal investigators have been sent to the scene.
This was not a crew related to the Sanford AirMed.
A spokesperson with Sanford released the following statement: “News of the Bismarck Air Medical crash this morning hits close to home for many. Our Sanford Family and particularly our Sanford AirMed team, are keeping the crew, friends and family of all those affected in our thoughts and prayers.”
– Mike Christianson, Executive Director – Sanford AirMed
CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck released the following statement:
Late Sunday evening on November 18, a Bismarck Air Medical plane flying to Williston, N.D., to assist in a patient transport went down prior to arrival. A Bismarck Air Medical pilot and paramedic, along with a CHI St. Alexius Health registered nurse, were on board. There were no survivors. Per protocol, the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the incident. In a joint statement, Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President, and Dan Schaefer, Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance Operations Chief, stated, “It is a sad day here for both of our organizations. We are grieving for the family members of those who were on board.” The names of the individuals are not being released until families are notified. We are focused on supporting the families and associates from both organizations. We ask for your prayers and support at this very difficult time for all.