Police: Medical Flight had Mechanical Trouble

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The aftermath of the Elko plane crash that killed four people. (Credit: FOX13 KSTU)

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — An Elko, Nevada, police lieutenant says an air-ambulance flight that crashed after taking off from the Elko airport apparently had mechanical troubles.

Three crew members and a patient were killed in the Friday night crash in an employee parking lot of a mining company. Nobody on the ground was injured.

According to the Elko Daily Free Press, police Lt. Rich Genseal says the twin-engine plane of Reno-based American Medflight apparently “experienced mechanical problems.”

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Flowers were placed on the fence of the parking lot. (Credit: FOX13 KSTU)

Genseal says the plane was climbing after taking off on a flight for Salt Lake City when it lost altitude and crashed.