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Jul 28, 2010 4:43 PM

Helicopter crash: 3 confirmed dead

TUCSON - A helicopter has crashed near Park & Glenn Avenue in Midtown. A statement from Air Methods, the company operating the helicopter, confirms that all three crewmembers on board suffered fatal injuries.

According to the statement, a paramedic, flight nurse, and a pilot were on board Eurocopter AS350 helicopter based out of Douglas, Arizona when it crashed into a yard in midtown Tucson at 1:40 p.m. There were no patients on board.

"This is a sad day for all of us at Air Methods and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of our employees who perished while on duty," said Aaron Todd, chief executive officer of Air Methods Corporation.

News 4 has confirmed that the helicopter was operating for LifeNet, an emergency medical services company.

Sarah Perotti, the Tucson manager of LifeNet, gave the following statement:

"We can confirm there has been an incident, but we do not have exact details. We all want to get the story correct. We will need time to determined what has occurred. Our corporate spokesman will be in touch with you with further information. We appreciate your support."

We have a crews on the scene will bring you more information as it comes in.

Scroll down to a video shot shortly after the incident showing the helicopter still in flames.

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