2 dead, 1 injured after medical helicopter crashes in Superstition Mountains

Two people are dead and a third is in very serious condition after a medical helicopter crashed north of Superior Tuesday night, Dec. 15.

According to officials, the helicopter crashed in very rugged terrain in the Superstition Mountains.

Air Methods, which owns the helicopter, confirmed that two crew members had died, one crew member was “safe” and there were no patients on board.

In a media briefing Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, Sheriff Paul Babeu said the survivor was taken to a trauma center in Phoenix and is listed in very serious condition.

No identities have been released at this time.

The helicopter was returning to Globe from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport when it crashed about 12 miles north of Superior. The aircraft had been reported missing around 6 p.m.

Sheriff Babeu said the survivor signaled rescue crews with a “flashlight device.” A Department of Public Safety helicopter crew saw the crash site and the survivor, but they were unable to land. The crew member was rescued by a military aircraft about 10:15 p.m.