Native Air 5, based in Globe, Arizona, crashed last night into the Superstitions Mountains while enroute from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Globe. The accident scene is approximately 20 miles east of Apache Junction.
Killed in the accident were 51 year old pilot David Schneider of Gilbert, and 38 year old flight nurse Chad Frary, of Mesa. The flight medic, 38 year old Derek Boehm of Gilbert, survived with serious injuries.
The aircraft, a Eurocopter AS350B3, was first reported missing at 1800 hours. At 2027 the wreckage was located by another Native Air helicopter. but was unable to land due to the terrain. At 2215 a military helicopter was able to extract Derek Boehm. Published reports indicate Derek Boehm was taken to a trauma center in Phoenix and is listed in fair condition.