Concern Network Bird Strike Damages Suspension Lug in California CALSTAR’s BO 105 was en route to a prepared landing zone around midnight on February 10. As a bird flew beneath the aircraft, the Concord-based crew saw its shadow, caused by reflection from the strobe and position lights, but did not feel an impact. The patient transfer was completed using flood lighting. On landing at the base, the pilot inspected the aircraft and found bird remains in the SX-16 lens and parabolic reflector bulb, and one suspension lug was damaged.
Hospital Security Guard Killed in Illinois Accident On January 22, the Air Evac Lifeteam 5 crew at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., was preparing to launch shortly after midnight. Before they left, however, a hospital security officer walked underneath the tail boom while the Bell 206L-1 was running. The officer was fatally struck in the head by the tail rotor. The helipad was illuminated, and the tail boom and rotor were lighted by aircraft-mounted lights.
Engine Failure Concludes California Flight The BO 105 CBS-5 flown by CALSTAR II in Gilroy, Calif., was on short final approach, about 75 feet from the pad, when its #1 engine failed on January 15. The pilot made a single-engine emergency landing; neither crew nor aircraft was harmed.