Thu, Feb 26, 2004
Air Ambulance Crashes Into Rough Terrain
A small plane carrying
a medical team and a heart for a transplant patient crashed Tuesday
in Sardinia, killing all six people aboard, officials said.
The Cessna Citation 500 (file photo, right) had taken off from
Rome's Ciampino airport and was bound for the Sardinian city of
Cagliari when it lost radar contact with air traffic controllers
over a mountain range about 20 miles from Cagliari, said Capt.
Francesco Di Simone, a spokesman for Italy's air force. On board
were two pilots and a four-member medical team that had picked up
the heart at a Rome hospital and was returning back to Sardinia for
a transplant, Di Simone told Reuters by telephone. Italian news
reports said the two pilots were Austrian.
About four hours after radar contact was lost, an air force
rescue helicopter spotted the wreckage of the Cessna, and a member
of the rescue team confirmed that all six people on board had died,
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