The paramedic who was among the five who died when an emergency medical flight crashed in the Nevada desert was identified as a new father.
CareFlight paramedic Ryan Watson, 27, died on Friday night when a medical services airplane en route to a hospital crashed 25 miles southeast of Reno and also killed the pilot, nurse, patient and patient’s relative who were all on board.
While officials have yet to publicly name the victims, Watson’s loved ones identified him and revealed that he and his wife had just welcomed their son, Carter, to the world last month.
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, with an investigation ongoing.
CareFlight paramedic Ryan Watson (left) was among the five who died when an emergency medical flight crashed in the Nevada desert southeast of Reno on Friday night. Watson’s wife, Kailey (right), had just given birth to their son last month
The Reno couple had gotten married last June, with Watson’s co-workers setting up a GoFundMe to help his widow and child
Emergency responders were first alerted by many who called around 9:15pm on Friday about a plane crashing, and around 11:15 pm is when authorities located the aircraft
In a GoFundMe page set up for Watson’s widow and child, CareFlight co-worker Savanah Green described the late paramedic as a man dedicated to his career and new family.
‘Ryan was a loving husband, new father, son, brother, friend, and an incredible care provider whose dedication to his family and community was unmatched,’ Green wrote.
‘Ryan loved being a Flight Medic and brought a positive attitude to every call and patient interaction he had. Ryan had an infectious personality; he was hilarious, ambitious, and free-spirited.’
Green noted that Watson’s death was especially heartbreaking because his son had just been born on January 19.
According to his wife, Kailey’s, Facebook page, the couple had gotten married last June after being in a relationship for four years.
As of Saturday evening, the GoFundMe page has raised nearly $50,000 for Watson’s family.
On Saturday morning, Care Flight, the airline service of REMSA – the Regional Emergency Services Authority – announced the devastating news on their Facebook revealing that their PC 12 fixed wing aircraft with tail number N273SM had ‘gone off radar’ around 9:45pm and that everyone aboard had died.
The company wrote that they were utterly ‘heartbroken.’
‘We are in the process of notifying their family members,’ the statement said. ‘Our immediate focus is helping our team members and families, as well as the responding agencies.’
Watson (above) served as a flight paramedic for Care Flight, the airline service of REMSA – the Regional Emergency Services Authority
He was described as a man dedicated to his career and family, but also as someone who enjoyed trekking through nature and traveling the world. Watson pictured with his wife hiking
A photo of a PC 12 fixed aircraft -the same plane- that crashed on Friday night in the Nevada desert killing all passengers aboard
Authorities in Lyon County were alerted to the plane crash after receiving numerous calls around 9:15pm, CNN reported.
First responders from Lyon and Douglas counties responded and approximately two hours later, around 11:15pm, located the plane.
The cause of the crash is still unknown but, the Central Lyon Fire Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Department are working with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause which they said is under investigation, Care Flight said.
Dale Miller, communication supervisor for REMSA and Care Flight told DailyMail.com that they were getting several calls since the incident and could not comment on whether all the victims have been identified yet.
‘We are working on assembling the information and the investigation is still in process,’ he said.