- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

CRANNELL, Calif. (AP) - The pilot of a medical transport plane that crashed in Northern California, killing four people, had 20 years of flying experience.

Reach Air Medical Services, the parent company behind the Cal-Ore Life Flight plane that crashed, released the names of three of the four dead on Sunday, two days after it went down.

The company said Larry Mills had been a pilot for 20 years and a volunteer first responder for 12.

Reach Air says Flight Nurse Deborah Koon was a native of New Zealand who had been a critical care nurse in the U.S. for 25 years.

Certified Flight Paramedic Michelle Tarwater also died on the flight.

The name of the patient has not been released.

The plane crashed in a densely forested mountain range early Friday near the Oregon border when it crashed after Mills reported smoke in the cockpit.

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