Medical transport aircraft crashes killing five |

Medical transport aircraft crashes killing five

Record-Courier Report
A different Guardian Air Flight Pilatus PC 12 listed on the company's web site.

Five people are dead after a fixed-wing medical aircraft transporting a patient and family member crashed at 9:15 p.m. Friday near Stagecoach.

The Guardian Flight Pilatus PC 12 went down around 9:15 p.m. after Lyon County officials received multiple 911 calls of an airplane crash.

After two hours of searching, the aircraft was located by Lyon County deputies, firefighters and searchers from both Lyon and Douglas County’s Search and Rescue teams.

CareFlight confirmed that the aircraft was operated by partner Guardian Flight, which is headquartered in Utah.

“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,” CareFlight spokeswoman Jena Esposito said. “The five people on board were a pilot, a flight nurse, a flight paramedic, a patient and a patient’s family member. We are in the process of notifying their family members. Our immediate focus is helping our team members and families, as well as the responding agencies.”

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

A major storm arrived in Western Nevada on Friday that shut down offices across the region. A weather gauge in Stagecoach indicates generally light winds around the time of the crash with southeast gusts of 13-15 mph.

Guardian Flight is based out of South Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was manufactured in 2002 and last certified in 2019.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.