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Aug 28, 2014 3:06 PM by Associated Press

4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.

New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

State Police identified the crew members as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. The patient was identified as 59-year-old Fredrick Green.

Green's brother, Leslie, says his brother had been staying with him in Las Cruces while he underwent radiation treatment for a brain tumor. He says he was being flown back to the Phoenix area, where he lived and was originally treated, because his condition had deteriorated.

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