Wreckage of Oregon medical plane found; 4 dead

The plane was headed on a medical mission from Oregon to California

One of the planes in the fleet of Reach Air Medical Services, as seen on their website July 29, 2016
One of the planes in the fleet of Reach Air Medical Services, as seen on their website July 29, 2016

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they have recovered all four bodies from the wreckage of a small medical transport plane that crashed in Northern California early Friday.

Humboldt County’s chief deputy coroner, Ernie Stewart, confirmed to The Associated Press that his office has received four victims. Two people were confirmed dead earlier Friday.

Stewart declined to identify the bodies until next of kin has been notified.

A pilot for REACH Air Medical Services was taking a flight nurse, a transport medic and a patient from Crescent City, near the Oregon border, to Oakland. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately release information about the fates of the other two people aboard.

Rescue teams found the crash site Friday on land owned by a private timber company in Humboldt County, about 280 miles north of San Francisco.

Officials say the pilot reported smoke filling the cockpit and declared an emergency around 1 a.m.

The National Transportation and Safety Board has been notified.

 

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