This is not a definitive list of all of the helicopter crashes in Tucson.
Marine Osprey Helicopter Crash in Marana
On Saturday, April 9, 2000 nineteen people died when a military helicopter crashed in flames shortly after 8 p.m. The crash occurred at the Marana Regional Airport.
“19 Die in Avra Valley crash—Marine Corps plane on training flight appeared to head ‘straight down’ during routine landing.” Arizona Daily Star, April 9, 2000. Page 1.
“Tucson service today will honor 19 Marines killed in Osprey Crash.” Arizona Daily Star. April 15, 2000. Page B4.
Medical Helicopter Crash in midtown Tucson
On July 29, 2010, there was a medical evacuation helicopter crash in midtown Tucson. Three people were killed when a medical evacuation helicopter crashed on North Park Avenue south of East Glenn Street on the north side of Tucson, AZ. The crash was reported at about 1:45 pm. Killed were the pilot, a paramedic and a flight nurse. The LifeNet aircraft was operated by Colorado-based Air Methods Corp and operated from Douglas, AZ. No patients were on board. Brenda French was pronounced dead at the scene and the other two occupants died at University Medical Center. The air transport company announced their deaths around 5:30 pm on the same day. According to Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration, the helicopter’s pilot was in contact with the Tucson International Airport at the time of the crash with “routine” conversation. The aircraft was traveling from Marana, AZ, to Douglas.
The names of the people killed in the crash were:
Brenda E. French, paramedic
Alexander B. Kelly, pilot
Parker W. Summons, nurse
“Medical copter crashes on north side; 3 killed.” Arizona Daily Star, July 29, 2010. Page 1.
“Medevac firm halts AZ service for now after Tucson copter crash that killed 3. Arizona Daily Star. July 30, 2010. Page A2.
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