Helicopter Crashes—Tucson and Southern Arizona

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.

Medical Helicopter Crash in midtown Tucson

On July 29, 2010, 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. Paramedic 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 to Douglas, AZ.

Those 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.