LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have released the names of the four people killed in a plane crash near the Las Cruces Airport around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Witnesses told state police the plane was flying low before it went down shortly after takeoff about a mile south of I-10. The plane burst into flames on impact killing everyone on board.
“I’m sure there is a black box in there,” said Lt. James Frietze of NMSP. “I don’t know the extent of the damage to the box. The plane crash itself is contained to a small area and that’s telling me that the plane did not have a lot of speed at that time of the crash.”
State police told K-FOX in El Paso that the plane was registered to Amigos Aviation Services from Arlington, Texas.
Police say Fredrick Green, a cancer patient from Las Cruces that was being transported to Phoenix, was killed in the crash along with 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez.
The other two passengers were medical personnel from Elite Medical Transport based out of El Paso. Taurean Summers, 28, was a flight paramedic and Monica Chavez, 36, was the flight nurse.
This is the third medical aircraft crash recently in New Mexico.
In April, a phi helicopter crashed on the roof of UNM Hospital after the pilot reported that the pedals had jammed. No one was seriously injured in that crash.
In July, a care flight helicopter crashed near Santa Rosa on its way to Tucumcari. It was very windy at the time and clouds were low. That crash left three people dead. The NTSB was still investigating the cause of that crash.