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Names Released in Fatal Helicopter Crash
There was one survivor of the Eaglemed crash. Billy Wynn was a paramedic on the flight. He was first taken to OU Medical Center in critical condition. Two others on board did not survive.
Mark Montgomery, Chris Denning and Billy Wynn were all on board the Eaglemed helicopter when it went down. Montgomery and Denning died on impact.
Montgomery was the pilot and Denning was the flight nurse. Denning worked at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
The hospital sent a statement saying, "The Oklahoma Heart Hospital family is deeply saddened by the death of our friend Chris. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time."
Denning also worked for Integris-Baptist Medical Center for almost ten years. He started off in radiology, them moved to intensive care.
Integris sent an email to its employees about Denning's death. One part says, "We mourn his loss as a member of our extended family. We also extend our sympathies to the Montgomery family and all those who knew Mark."
Mark Montgomery also served as a Counterdrug Pilot for the Oklahoma National Guard. The Counterdrug Task Force called Montgomery one of its "top performers."
According to an Eaglemed spokesperson, Billy Wynn had surgery at OU Medical Center early Friday, but he was later transferred to a hospital in Dallas. We're still waiting for an update on his condition.
Posted: Friday, February 22 2013, 09:50 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Fairchild still candidate for new planes
May 22, 2013 15:53 GMT
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in Washington are expressing disappointment that Fairchild Air Force base was not chosen as the first home of the Air Force's new aerial refueling tankers.
Members of the Kansas congressional delegation announced Wednesday that McConnell Air Force Base in Topeka, Kan., was chosen as the first base to receive the new Boeing-built KC-46A tankers.
Fairchild, the Spokane area's largest single employer, remains a candidate to receive new tankers later.
The new aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews, including those at Fairchild, for the past 50 years. The Air Force will base 36 of the new aircraft at McConnell starting in 2016.
Fairchild was finalist for the job, along with bases in North Dakota and Oklahoma.
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