Concern Network Utah Program Suffers 2 Fatalities, 1 Injury in January Crash On January 11, Salt Lake City-based Life Flight received a transport call from Tooele County regarding a car accident near Wendover, Nevada. Craig Bingham, a Life Flight pilot, checked the weather from the LDS Hospital and decided to accept the request. Within 15 minutes, an Agusta A109 K2 lifted off with flight paramedic Mario Guerrero and flight nurse Stein Rosqvist on board. Fourteen minutes later, Bingham notified dispatch that they were returning because of fog, but the helicopter went down shortly afterward as it crossed the Salt Lake City Airport. Bingham and Guerrero were killed; Rosqvist survived. A memorial service was held January 17 at a local high school.
Double Trouble for California Service An Enloe Flight Care crew was conducting an interfacility patient transport from Chester to Chico, California, on January 7 when the pilot noted an engine oil pressure warning light. The pressure then dropped to 0, so the AS 350B2 pilot made a safe, smooth emergency landing on Highway 32, aided by night vision goggles. The cardiac patient was transferred by ground transport. There were no injuries. Trouble struck again January 11, when the crew was returning from an interfacility transport between Griley and Chico. With the assistance of night vision goggles, the pilot and crew noticed several flocks of duck ahead on the right. After the pilot made minor evasive course changes, a lone bird darted into the path of the aircraft, striking the left front nose above the chin bubble. After an initial assessment of the damage, the flight continued without further incident. A later inspection revealed damage to the front of the aircraft.
one rotor blade flexed downward, striking the tail boom and separating from the rotor hub. Needless to say, the mission was aborted, and the vertical stabilizers, tail boom, and blades were damaged. The suspected cause was northwest winds at 19 knots, gusting to 26 knots.
Sticky Landing Gear Cancels Mission in Florida On December 20, an Aero Care crew from Sugar Grove, Ill., tried to leave Miami, but the landing gear on their Citation 501 would not go up after takeoff. The pilots turned around and landed for repair. No one was injured.
Turnaround Attempt Leads to Unexpected Landing in Washington During an interfacility transport from Colville to Spokane, Washington, on December 17, a Northwest Med Star crew encountered snow showers approximately 10 minutes into the return flight. As the pilot attempted to slow the EC 135 P1 aircraft to turn around, the ship entered a high rate of descent, landing hard on the road below. Although no one was hurt, the helicopter sustained structural damage to the fuselage and landing gear.
Bird Strike Damages Alabama Aircraft A Birmingham-based Critical Care Transport crew was leaving a Richmond, Virginia, airport on December 15 when the crew heard a noise and felt a bump. There was no indication of any problem with the Citation 500 until time to land, when a warning light came on concerning the landing gear. After the aircraft landed at a Boston airport, a lineman noticed a hole in the nose cone and some damage to the front landing gear from an apparent bird strike. doi:10.1067.mmj.2003.32
Rotor Blade Problem Grounds New York Helicopter on Helipad An Albany Med Flight crew was dispatched for an interhospital transfer on December 26. After the crew boarded and the pilot started the engines on the BK 117, For more information on these incidents or Concern Network, contact coordinator Roseann Krantz at (800) 75-SHOCK or [email protected]
Air Medical Journal 22:2