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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 […]

Accidents & Incidents 04.18.10 – 04.30.10

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 — Admin

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Accidents and incidents for 18-30 April.

Accidents & Incidents 04.11.10 – 04.17.10

Sunday, May 16, 2010 — Admin

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    General Aviation (Part 91) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 16 Apr Ukiah CA Brantly B2 Reg:N5986X Pilot was testing the engine when the helicopter lifted briefly off the ground and flipped onto its right side. 1 Minor Helicopter sustained substantial damage.   Foreign Accidents (Part 129) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 11 Apr […]

What Causes Helicopter Accidents?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 — David Evans

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Helicopter accidents occur for a variety of reasons, usually resulting from a penetration of more than one layer of safety defenses. The barriers to an accident are often described as slices of Swiss cheese, where a breach is described as a hole in the cheese. When one or more holes line up, enabling a concatenation […]

Parents’ Thoughts on Helicopter Ambulance Safety

Friday, October 23, 2009 — Robert and Brooke Blockinger

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Near midnight on October 15, 2008, an Air Angels emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter collided with a transmission tower near Aurora, Ill., en route at night from Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, Ill., to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. At the controls of the Bell 222 was a single pilot who was killed. Also killed […]

Despite Recent Recommendations, Helicopter Ambulance Safety Remains an Elusive Enigma

Monday, September 7, 2009 — David Evans

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When safety has been shortchanged, shout the alarm louder and to more agencies. That seems to be the strategy of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which issued a battery of 19 recommendations concerning helicopter ambulances on 1 September, adding to four recommendations previously issued to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where promises for action […]

Some Thoughts on Helicopter Ambulance Safety

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 — David Evans

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The parents of an infant killed in a medical helicopter crash talk about the general lack of safety surrounding these operations, of which they were not aware before the tragedy.

The Excessive Risk in Air Rescue

Friday, January 30, 2009 — James E. Hall

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Like the rest of the country, I was deeply saddened by the fatal crash of an emergency medical services (EMS) Eurocopter Dauphin II helicopter on September 28 in Maryland which killed four and left another in critical condition. But as a former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, this trend is anything but shocking. […]

Dangerous Trends Continue in Commercial Helicopter Safety

Thursday, October 23, 2008 — Thomas J. Ellis

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Dangerous Trends Continue in Commercial Helicopter Safety

In 2007, there were 49 deaths from helicopter accidents in the United States. According to statistics provided by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), these 49 deaths came from only 24 separate accidents. This figure represents slightly more than 12% of the 191 helicopter accidents and incidents investigated by the NTSB that same year. Operation […]

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