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Mon January 31, 2005
Air Ambulance Program Grounded
Laramie, Wy – Yampa Valley Medical Center has suspended its air ambulance program until further notice, following the deadly crash of one of its planes in Wyoming nearly three weeks ago.
The hospital's Board of Trustees says it will launch a comprehensive review of the program, a 2001 partnership between the hospital and Mountain Flight Service of Steamboat Springs.
A Yampa Valley Air Ambulance was en route to Rawlins, Wyoming to pick up and transport a patient to Casper when it crashed January Eleventh near Rawlins.
Thirty-five-year-old pilot Tim Benway, 36-year-old air ambulance director and flight nurse Dave Linner, and 30-year-old flight nurse Jennifer Wells were killed.
Thirty-five-year-old emergency medical technician Tim Baldwin was the sole survivor.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.