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Five killed in medical plane crash identified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)  The pilot, nurse and paramedic who were among five people killed when their medical plane crashed yesterday in southern New Mexico have been identified.

The pilot was identified as 56-year-old Ricky Byers of Dimmitt, Texas. He had worked for Southwest Medevac for a year.

Brian Miller was a 44-year-old flight nurse from Roswell who had worked for the service for 18 months, and 40-year-old Deanna Palmer was a paramedic from Prescott Valley, Arizona, who had been on the job one month.

Also killed in the crash were Tracy Smith and her 15-month-old daughter Lily.

The medical flight was taking the baby to Albuquerque when it went down shortly after takeoff from Ruidoso.

The Beechcraft King Air was owned by Las Cruces-area Southwest Medevac.

The company has been in business since 1994. Company spokesman Rob Campion says the firm has never lost a plane before.


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