FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Experienced pilots were at the controls
of both helicopters that collided near an Arizona hospital --
leaving six people dead.
The chief executive for Air Methods says his company's chopper
was being flown by a veteran pilot. An official with Classic
Helicopters says his pilot had more than 10,000 hours of flight
Officials have been unable to provide an account of what
preceded yesterday's deadly crash.
Flagstaff Medical Center doesn't have flight controllers. It's
up to the pilots to watch each other as they approach.
Only one person on board survived -- a nurse, who was critically
Both helicopters were ferrying patients, one with a medical
emergency from the Grand Canyon.
An explosion on one of the aircraft after the crash injured two
emergency workers who arrived with a ground ambulance company.
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