Avondale pilot, 2 others killed in medical helicopter crash at Fort Bliss

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EL PASO, Texas -- The Army says three people, one of them an Arizona resident, are dead after a medical helicopter crashed during a training exercise at Fort Bliss, just outside El Paso.

A statement Saturday from Las Cruces, N.M.-based Southwest Med Evac says one of its helicopter crashed on final approach to a landing zone Friday during a scheduled training session at the McGregor Range. Southwest Med Evac is a unit of Addison, Texas-based Omniflight Helicopters.

The company said the three crew members on board were the pilot, William Montgomery of Avondale, Ariz., and paramedics John Sutter of Las Cruces, N.M., and Anthony Archuleta of El Paso, Texas.

Anthony DiNota, president and COO of Omniflight Helicopters, said the cause of the crash was not yet known.

Post spokeswoman Jean Offutt told the El Paso Times that the helicopter caught on fire.

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