Patient among 5 dead in Texas air ambulance crash

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Another accident! :(

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ALPINE, Texas – A patient and his wife were among the dead when an air ambulance crashed shortly after takeoff from a West Texas airport, killing all 5 people on board.
The crash happened about 12:15 a.m. Sunday about a mile east of Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, around 200 miles southeast of El Paso. The twin-engine Cessna 421 had just taken off for Midland International Airport in Midland when it went down in an open area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The aircraft was carrying a patient and his wife to Midland, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. It identified the dead as 78-year-old patient Guy Richard Folger of Alpine, his 59-year-old wife, Mary Folger; two flight nurses, 49-year-old Sharon Falkener of Fort Davis, and 42-year-old Tracy Chambers of Alpine; and 59-year-old pilot Ted Caffarel of Beaumont.

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This could be another case of, "was the flight really necessary?".

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:( So so sad.

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The parents leave seven children.:(

http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=20394

Er, which ones?

Folgers (wife 59) have 7 "children", but considering that they have 19 grandchildren and one great-granchild, which if any "child" of Folgers are children? Whereas the nurses were women of 42 and 49, and pilot a man of 59. How many children did they leave behind between them?

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Sounds like a quiz question? Unless I'm having a dumb day, I presume you are inferring that the 'children' are adults and therefore shouldn't be classified as children. Still makes them the children of the deceased doesn't it and therefore probably the most emotionally affected. :confused:

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Sounds like a quiz question? Unless I'm having a dumb day, I presume you are inferring that the 'children' are adults and therefore shouldn't be classified as children. Still makes them the children of the deceased doesn't it and therefore probably the most emotionally affected. :confused:

Children of the two deceased being the patient and her husband, as turns out from the link. But there is no mention of the children of the other three deceased, nor is it specifically mentioned that these deceased did not have children. Saying "the parents left seven children" would imply that seven is the total number of children of all five deceased...

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I'm sure the accident touched many people. My deepest sympathies to them all. There seems to be a lot of medevac accidents, helicopters included. I believe that it is now listed as one of the most dangerous occupations.