All aboard medical chopper that crashed in Tucson killed

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

A medical helicopter carrying three people crashed Wednesday afternoon on Park Avenue, south of Glenn in midtown Tucson.  All three people onboard were killed.

The chopper crashed behind a home. Initial reports indicated the home was on fire, but fire officials later discounted that.

Firefighters on the scene reported three people were on board the helicopter. The Colorado-based company that operates the chopper says the pilot, flight nurse and paramedic were all killed in the crash just before 2 p.m.

Alexander Kelley, 61, was flying the helicopter that was traveling to Douglas from Marana when it crashed. The flight nurse was identified as Parker Summons, 42, and the paramedic as Brenda French, 28.

All were employees of Air Methods, an air ambulance company. Air Methods vice president Craig Yale said the helicopter had undergone routine maintenance and the crew picked it up to return it to Douglas where it's based.

An eyewitness told KMSB's Fox 11's Brian Roberts he saw a black helicopter flying over his house.  He heard the engines just shut off and then it crashed.   He said he ran to the scene, but the flames were too intense to be able to help anyone. 

The eyewitness says he thinks the helicopter pilot worked to guide the helicopter to crash away from a nearby house.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.