Victims of Nevada medical aircraft crash recognized

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The pilot of a medical transport aircraft that crashed throughout a winter storm in Nevada, killing all 5 folks on board, was following within the footsteps of his grandfather who flew bombers in World War II, his brother mentioned.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the reason for the crash Friday evening will take two to a few weeks, NTSB spokesperson Peter Kundson mentioned Monday.

The single-engine Pilatus PC12 apparently broke aside earlier than hitting the bottom about 40 miles (64 kilometer) southeast of Reno, the company mentioned.

All 5 folks on board died from a number of blunt-force accidents within the crash close to rural Stagecoach, together with pilot Scott Walton, 46, of Allendale, Michigan, the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office mentioned Monday.

The different 4 victims had been from Reno — 69-year-old affected person Mark Rand and his 66-year-old partner Terri Rand, in addition to two medical crew members, Edward Pricola, 32, and Ryan Watson, 27, the workplace mentioned.

The aircraft was headed from Reno to Salt Lake City, the NTSB mentioned. It wasn’t clear if climate performed a task within the crash. Officials haven’t mentioned what medical situation Mark Rand had.

Walton’s household has arrange a GoFundMe website to boost cash for his spouse and three daughters.


One of his brothers, John Walton, a broadcaster in Washington D.C. and the voice of the NHL’s Washington Capitals on WTOP Radio, mentioned on Twitter after calling Saturday’s sport he was grateful for the assist his household has acquired from the group.

“I had to do the game today with a broken heart,” John Walton wrote. “Please keep my brother Scott, his wife Lisa, and their three beautiful girls in your thoughts and prayers.”

Michael Walton, one other brother, advised the Reno Gazette-Journal that his sibling had labored for years in advertising and was nearing age 40 when he determined he wished to be a pilot. He mentioned their grandfather flew B-24s in World War II.

Michael Walton mentioned his brother liked flying to assist folks with life-threatening medical wants.

“This gave him the greatest opportunity to help others,” he mentioned. “He had such pride in what he was doing.”


NTSB Vice Chair Bruce Landsberg mentioned at a information briefing in Carson City on Sunday that investigators on the scene of the crash already had decided the plane “broke up in flight” based mostly on the situation of elements of the aircraft discovered as much as three-quarters of a mile away.

The aircraft was in-built 2002, he mentioned.

NTSB personnel examine the particles from a medical transport aircraft crash close to Stagecoach, Nevada.

National Transportation Safety Board

The crash occurred amid a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Reno for big swaths of Nevada, together with elements of Lyon County. It was snowing steadily with winds round 20 mph (30 kph) and gusts as much as 30 mph (50 kph).

Visibility was underneath 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) with a cloud ceiling about 2,000 toes (600 meters) above floor when the flight left Reno, the service mentioned.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was registered to Guardian Flight, based mostly in South Jordan, Utah. Care Flight is a service of REMSA Health in Reno and Guardian Flight.

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