5 people killed in Nevada medical services plane crash have been identified

Feb 28, 2023, 5:00 AM

A Care Flight medical transport plane carrying a patient and four others that crashed the day befor...

A Care Flight medical transport plane carrying a patient and four others that crashed the day before is seen Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Lyon County, Nev. All five people on board were killed. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

(Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Originally Published: 25 FEB 23 06:13 ET
Updated: 27 FEB 23 22:36 ET

    (CNN) — The five people who were killed Friday after a medical services airplane crashed in Western Nevada have been identified, according to GoFundMe fundraisers that the company verified to CNN.

Related: Plane crash near Stagecoach, Nevada left five dead

The plane, which was bound for Salt Lake City, Utah, left Reno around 9:45 p.m. and was in the air for about 14 minutes when it appeared to break up mid-flight and crashed near Stagecoach, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

All five people aboard were killed. They included the plane’s pilot, the flight’s nurse and paramedic, along with a patient and a family member of the patient, according to Care Flight, a service provided through REMSA Health.

“We are heartbroken to report that we have now received confirmation from Central Lyon County Fire Department that none of the five people on board survived,” the organization said in a statement on Facebook early Saturday. “We are in the process of notifying their family members.”

Victims included new father, veteran, couple being transported

The pilot has been identified as Scott Walton, according to Walton’s sister-in-law who organized a GoFundMe fundraiser. According to the GoFundMe, Walton was a flight instructor and the father of three girls.

“Now his loving wife and three young daughters, who were the center of his world, are left to navigate the future without him. He loved them more than absolutely anything in the world. And we know his one, desperate worry will be their future,” Katie Maguire, Walton’s sister-in-law, said on the GoFundMe.

Maguire said he was an “exceptional pilot of the highest caliber” and spent time working as a flight instructor, teaching students around the world. “We have no doubt that whatever happened during the flight was unrecoverable and that Scott did everything possible to keep all aboard safe,” Maguire added.

The care flight paramedic was identified as Ryan Watson, according to a GoFundMe set up by a friend of Watson’s wife.

Savannah Green, who organized the GoFundMe on behalf of Watson’s wife, Kailey, called him a “loving husband.”

Green said he was a new father and was an “incredible care provider whose dedication to his family and community was unmatched.” Kailey had a baby on January 19, according to the fundraiser.

“Ryan loved being a Flight Medic and brought a positive attitude to every call and patient interaction he had,” Green said. “Ryan had an infectious personality; he was hilarious, ambitious, and free-spirited.”

The flight’s nurse was identified as Ed Pricola, according to a GoFundMe organized by Kleine Calvo on behalf of Ed’s wife, Lauren.

Calvo wrote on the page that Ed was a veteran and CrossFit athlete who loved his family.

“Ed leaves behind Lauren, the love of his life of over 12 years, his daughter Riley (4), his son Everett (2), and his golden retriever, Rip,” according to Calvo.

The patient being transported on the flight was identified as Mark Rand, and his wife, Terri, was also onboard, according to a GoFundMe organized for the family.

“Mark was on his way to receive lifesaving medical treatment in Utah. What was supposed to be a saving grace, ended in tragedy for the Rand family and the families of the crew and first responders on board,” Misty Gruenemay, the organizer of the Rand’s GoFundMe, said. “Mark and Terri were big hearted, family oriented, proud parents and grandparents. The Rand family is now coming together to figure out how to move forward.”

CNN has reached out to REMSA Health, the company that provided the medical flight.

How the crash happened

NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said at a news conference Sunday that the flight, which was operated by Guardian Flight, departed Reno en route to Salt Lake City at approximately 9 p.m. local time.

The flight was in the air for about 14 minutes and had reached an altitude of just over 19,000 when radar noticed the plane was in a descending right turn at a high rate of descent, Landsberg said.

The last radar return showed the plane at an altitude of 11,000. “The evidence that we have at this point is that the aircraft broke up in flight,” Landsberg said.

Several parts of the plane have been recovered but the aircraft wasn’t equipped with a cockpit voice or fight data recorder, Landsberg said.

On Saturday, Care Flight said the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and the Central Lyon Fire Department were coordinating with the NTSB to determine the cause of the crash.

Authorities in Lyon County — which encompasses Stagecoach — received multiple calls of a possible aircraft crash around 9:15 p.m Friday. First responders from Lyon and Douglas counties responded and located the airplane at around 11:15 p.m.

Landsberg said an 11-member team with the NTSB would be on site for several days to gather evidence.

He said the agency would be focusing its investigation on the pilot, the aircraft, maintenance records, the fuel on the aircraft, weather conditions — as icing and moderate turbulence were reported — the company’s dispatch procedures and its general policies.

A preliminary report would be available in the next two weeks, Landsberg said.

REMSA Health is currently in what it called a “passive stand down” for all flights across the company, adding that it intends to work with internal operations to determine when services may return.

Stagecoach is about 25 miles southeast of Reno.

™ & © 2023 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Members of the Palestinian civil defense extinguish a fire in a building in the east of Rafah, the ...

Richard Roth and Tara John, CNN

US proposes a ‘temporary ceasefire’ in Gaza in draft UN resolution

The United States has proposed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a temporary ceasefire in Israel’s war against Hamas

10 hours ago

Exercise particularly reduced risk of death for women, according to the data....

Madeline Holcombe, CNN

Women might lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by twice the amount as men with exercise

The benefits of exercise are great for everyone – but may be even better for women, according to a new study.

13 hours ago

The 2024 BAFTA Film Awards are being presented on Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Engl...

Alli Rosenbloom and Thomas Page, CNN

BAFTA Awards 2024: See who won

“Oppenheimer” was a big winner at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards, which were presented Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.

1 day ago

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump carries a pair of his new signa...

Kate Sullivan, CNN

Trump launches sneaker line a day after judge’s order to pay nearly $355 million

Donald Trump launched a sneaker line, a day after he and his companies were ordered by a judge to pay nearly $355 million.

2 days ago

Trevor Brown, 45, a member of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, died in the explosion....

Christal Hayes, Paradise Afshar and Rebekah Riess, CNN

Virginia home explodes with fire crews inside, leaving firefighter dead and 13 injured, officials say

A house exploded in Virginia as fire crews were inside checking a gas leak, leaving one firefighter dead and at least 13 others injured.

2 days ago

A police officer stands inside Lakewood Church, Sunday, February 18, in Houston....

Ashley R. Williams, Jeanne Bonner and Raja Razek, CNN

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church resumes Sunday service one week after shooting that left 7-year-old boy injured

Services at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston resumed Sunday morning with a large security presence.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

5 people killed in Nevada medical services plane crash have been identified