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4 killed identified after medical transport plane crashes, starts fire in Elko, Nev.

Emergency personnel respond to a fire in the Barrick Gold Corporation parking lot in Elko, Nev. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (Courtesy Charlie Lee)

ELKO, Nev. (KRNV/KRXI) - An aircraft crashed into a parking lot Friday night, resulting in four deaths and a large fire near the Gold Dust West in Elko.

Witnesses told News 4-Fox 11 they heard an explosion and could see buildings shake. One person said the crash happened at about 7:15 p.m.

Lori Gilbert with sister station KENV reports the fire has been put out. The crash was in the Barrick Gold Corporation parking lot.

Lieutenant Rich Genseal with the Elko Police Department says the twin-engine plane experienced mechanical problems.

Genseal says the plane was climbing after taking off on a flight for Salt Lake City when it lost altitude and crashed.

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Local authorities have reported four people were on board the plane, Kenitzer said. No ground injuries have been reported.

An Elko cardiologist told the Elko Daily Free Press that the plane was transporting a heart patient to the University of Utah.

A spokesman for American Med Flight released a statement early Saturday morning saying three crewmembers and a patient had died in the crash.

The medical staff on board has been identified as: Pilot Yuji Irie, Tiffany Urresti of Elko and Jake Shepherd of Utah.

The patient has been identified as Edward Clohesey of Spring Creek.

"We are devastated by this event and wish we had answers to the many questions being asked at this time," the statement reads.

Families have been notified of the deaths, it continues, and the company is cooperating with investigating federal agencies.

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The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, according to Kenitzer.

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Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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