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Medical helicopters crash; 6 die

June 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Two medical helicopters collided in the air about half a mile from Flagstaff Medical Center, killing six people and critically injuring a nurse, a federal official said.

A helicopter operated by Air Methods out of Englewood, Colo., was carrying three of the people who died, one of whom was the patient.

On the other helicopter -- operated by Classic Helicopters of Woods Cross, Utah -- the patient, a paramedic and the pilot died, and a nurse was critically injured.

A 10-acre brush fire ignited by the crash was extinguished. Two emergency workers suffered minor burns.

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