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Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

Friday, March 11, 2011 — David Evans

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Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

For a picture of a sloppy operation which ended tragically, look no further than the takeoff crash of a firefighting helicopter in California in 2008. The case involves the intentional falsification of weight documents, the use of unapproved performance calculations, the flight crew’s failure to address issues relating to operating the helicopter at its maximum […]

Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Monday, January 17, 2011 — David Evans

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Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Despite all the talk about “jointness” among the armed services, an Air Force investigation into a fatal CV-22 tilt-rotor crash allows as how a translation error from Marine Corps documents meant the flight recorder was not recovered. The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian contract employee were killed in the crash. The […]

Windshield Not Resistant to Bird Strikes in Fatal Helicopter Crash

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — David Evans

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Windshield Not Resistant to Bird Strikes in Fatal Helicopter Crash

A bird weighing about 2.4 pounds hitting a cruising helicopter can inflict fatal damage, especially if the windshield isn’t certified to resist bird strikes. Such is the case involving a PHI-operated Sikorsky S-76C++ struck by a red tailed hawk on 4 January 2009 at an altitude of 850 feet over Louisiana marshland. The report of […]

Medical Helicopter Standards Proposed

Friday, October 22, 2010 — David Evans

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Medical Helicopter Standards Proposed

When the Congressional oversight committee issues a blanket statement of support for a proposed rule, one is left with the dismaying feeling the legislators don’t understand or don’t care. Such is the thought attendant to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) posted 12 October on the Federal Register. The NPRM is the long-awaited response by […]

Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

Thursday, November 12, 2009 — Admin

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Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

“Caution, Terrain” would have sounded in the cockpit fully seven seconds before the helicopter struck trees and ploughed into the ground, killing four persons aboard and adding injuries to the surviving of two patients being evacuated for medical treatment. But the Maryland State Police (MSP) medical evacuation helicopter was not equipped with TAWS (Terrain Awareness […]

Unsaved: The Deadly Medical Helicopter Accident Record

Friday, October 23, 2009 — David Evans

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Unsaved: The Deadly Medical Helicopter Accident Record

On the flight to or from the hospital, one should not run the greater risk of maiming or death. Yet that is precisely the mortal dilemma, based on two fatal accidents involving emergency medical service (EMS) helicopters in June. On the moonless night of 8 June 2008, a Bell 407 helicopter, operated as “Med 12” […]

Nolan Law Group Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Infant

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 — Admin

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Nolan Law Group Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Infant

A lawsuit stemming from the catastrophic October 15, 2008, crash of an Air Angels EMS Helicopter near Aurora, Ill., was filed January 6, 2009, on behalf of Robert and Brooke Blockinger, who suffered the tragic loss of their 14-month-old daughter, Kirstin Reann Blockinger. Kirstin Reann Blockinger was one of four individuals killed when the emergency […]

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