Flags at half-staff to honor air ambulance crash victims

Published 11-21-2018

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has directed state government agencies to fly the U.S. and state flags at half-staff in honor of three people killed in an air ambulance crash in Morton County.

Burgum also is encouraging all North Dakotans to fly their flags at half-staff for the day.

The Bismarck Air Medical Plane crashed in a farm field shortly after takeoff from Bismarck late Sunday. It was flying to Williston to pick up a patient. There were no survivors.

Morton County identified the victims as 48-year-old pilot Todd Lasky and 63-year-old nurse Bonnie Cook, both of Bismarck, and 47-year-old paramedic Chris Iverson, of Mandan. Lasky and Iverson worked for Bismarck Air Medical and Cook for CHI St. Alexius Health.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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