HOUSTON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Four people died after the air ambulance they were in crashed and burst into flames in the U.S. state of New Mexico, local media reported Thursday.
The two-engine medical airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Las Cruces airport in southern New Mexico on Wednesday evening, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The plane, bound for Phoenix, Arizona, was carrying a cancer patient, two medical staff and a pilot. All four were found dead after emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Witnesses said the plane had been flying at a low altitude before it hit a tree and caught fire. Photos posted on social media showed the small plane badly burned and charred black.
The plane was believed to be transferring the patient from a local hospital to a Phoenix hospital. Authorities have no words yet on a possible cause of the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene investigating.