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Plane crash in Amarillo, Texas kills 3 people

Late Friday night, a small air ambulance with 3 crew members went down shortly after takeoff from Rick Husband International Airport. The plane crashed near I-40 and Pullman Road, killing all 3 crew members.

The plane was owned by Amarillo based Rico Aviation, a private emergency air transportation company.

"Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night. We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members.

"The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families, Rico Aviation said in a statement.

Although no official information has been released concerning the crash, inclement weather may have been a factor. Wind speeds were around 50 miles per hour at Rick Husband International Airport when the plane went down.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley confirmed the single-engine plane went down about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in an industrial section of Amarillo between Rick Husband International Airport and Interstate 40.

Barkley also confirmed that all 3 people  on board the plane were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash. NTSB officials said the aircraft was a Pilatus PC-12.

This is a developing story and we will have more information as it is available.

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