Concern Network The Concern Network shares verified information to alert medical transport programs when an accident/incident has occurred. Both air and ground programs are encouraged to participate. The reports are shown here verbatim as they were filed. If you have questions, contact CONCERN Coordinator David Kearns at (800) 525 3712 or www.concern-network.org.
9/9/14 2200 MDT Intermountain Life Flight 250 N. 2370 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Type: A109K2 Operator/Vendor: Own 135 Weather: Clear. Not a factor Team: Pilot, Nurse, Paramedic. No injuries reported. Patient on board. Description: En route from Blackfoot, ID to Primary Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Salt Lake City with pediatric pt on board. Landed in Portneuf, ID to refuel for final leg to PCMC. After refueling, #1 engine wouldn’t start. Following start attempt, a Portneuf Life Flight pilot came running to the aircraft and reported seeing flames in engine exhaust stack. Patient and patient’s mother were evacuated from aircraft as flames were quickly extinguished by pilot using portable halon fire extinguisher. Patient and mother were taken to Portneuf ER for stabilization. Patient care was subsequently transferred to Portneuf flight team to continue transport to Salt Lake City. Additional Info: Life Flight maintenance team flown to Portneuf. Determined that engine starter failed during previous start attempt and residual fuel in engine turbine section continued to burn until extinguished by pilot. Pilot reported that no engine limitations were exceeded and engine turbine outlet temperature never exceeded 400 degrees. Engine starter was replaced by maintenance and aircraft was flown to base in Ogden, UT.
10/24/14 PDT Cal-Ore Life Flight PO BOx 1986 Brookings, Oregon 97415 Type: PA31T Tail #: N33MS Weather: Clear. Not a factor Team: Nurse/Paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. Description: Per the pilot’s report: “Leaving Medford, OR Airport (MFR) at approximately 17:30 pm, I was about half way to GNATS intersection (I was cleared via the GNATS Six departure, departing runway 32), at approximately 3,500 feet, I noticed something to the right of the nose moving sideways. I kept looking at it and when it passed our right wing. It was probably 100 feet away. From noticing the object in the distance to it passing us, not more than 5 seconds passed. “The object was flat, square, greenish in color, and moving sideways. I did notice the mountain that has the OED VOR was directly behind the flying drone. I think it could be possiMarch-April 2015
ble the drone was flown from there. I didn't need to do any evasive action and kept a visual on it the whole time as it passed us. “I let ATC (Cascade Approach, 124.3) know that I thought a radio-controlled drone might be in the area. They asked if I had any other information on it and I gave them the altitude, appearance and guess of direction of flight (easterly heading, although since I was going faster than the drone and overtaking it, it would appear that it was moving east).” Additional Info: The incident was debriefed with the pilot and our FSDO was notified of the incident.
11/8/14 10:35 CST REACH Air Medical Services 451 Aviation Blvd., Suite 101 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Type: EC135P2 Tail #: N39RX Weather: Clear. Not a factor Team: Pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. Description: Pilot performed an emergency landing as a result of a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) failure on one of the engines. The pilot and medical personnel performed flawlessly in handling the procedure, declaring an emergency and executing an uneventful landing at George Bush International Airport. Additional Info: Maintenance troubleshooting determined a failure of the N1 sensor connection to the FADEC. Corrective action performed and the aircraft was returned to service.
11/15/14 2100 CST Life Link III 3010 Broadway Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 Type: PC-12 Tail #: N515CC Operator/Vendor: Club Jet Charter Weather: IFR, light snow showers Team: Pilot, Flight Paramedic, Neonatal Nurse Practioner, Neonatal Respiratory Therapist. No injuries reported. No patient. Description: On 11/15/14, Life Link III was dispatched for a transport from Brainerd, MN to Minneapolis, MN via fixedwing after the flight was turned down for rotor-wing transport due to IFR conditions. On-board the aircraft was a single pilot, Life Link III Flight Paramedic, a ride-along partner, and a 2-member Neonatal Specialty Transport team from a Life Link III Consortium partner hospital. The aircraft, a Pilatus e5
PC-12 departed the Anoka County/Blaine Airport (ANE) enroute to the Brainerd Lakes Regional airport (BRD) at approximately 8:00 pm to pick up the patient. IFR conditions and light snow showers were present in the area. Before landing in Brainerd, the pilot extended the landing gear. The left main landing gear did not indicate down and locked so she elected to abort the landing. After running the emergency procedures checklist with no positive indication of extended landing gear, the crew decided to divert to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). The crew decided this was the best decision because of increased runway lengths, better snow removal capabilities, access to a staffed Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and presence of Crash Fire & Rescue services. During the 30 minute flight to MSP the crew briefed the Life Link III Communications Center and the Club Jet President was in contact via satellite phone. Life Link III initiated their PostAccident/Incident Plan (PAIP) and leadership was notified. The pilot briefed the medical crew of the emergency and the cabin was secured. The pilot did a fly-by of the ATC Tower to visually determine if the landing gear was extended. She was informed that the gear did appear to be lowered. The aircraft landed without incident and the medical crew was transported by ambulance back to base. Upon inspection by maintenance it was determined that the landing gear indicator light bulb burned out during the flight. The pilot had tested the cockpit lighting prior to takeoff and indicated that all lights were functional that time. The aircraft was then ferried back to ANE the next morning. A debriefing was completed with all parties involved on 11/19/14. Additional training on emergency scenarios and CRM for our specialty teams will be added to annual emergency procedures training to further enhance communications during emergency situations. Any further questions about the incident can be directed to the Life Link III Safety Manager at [email protected]
with the drone and made an evasive right bank turn to avoid a collision. The passing separation was estimated at 2 to 4 rotor discs away. The aircraft continued to the Schuylkill County Zerbe airport and landed without incident. The crew stood down at the airfield and completely debriefed the incident, contacted program aviation leadership and a PAIP was initiated. Post debrief the aircraft repositioned back to its site of operation in Minersville, PA. The Life Flight V base was taken OOS for the remainder of the crew’s scheduled shift. The pilot post reposition flight notified the FAA and provided a statement of the incident. Additional Info: Take-home points from the program’s chief flight nurse, Rick Robinson: • Be on the lookout at all times. Predictions point to more of these encounters nationwide as time passes. • Be on the lookout for nontraditionally shaped objects. Crew are trained and are familiar with other traditional aircraft. Do you know what drones look like? Acquaint yourself. Unfortunately, most drones are relatively small making it much harder to identify them. • If you see something, say something.
11/19/14 1630 EST Geisinger Life Flight 100 N. Academy Ave Danville, PA 17822-4050 Type: EC145 Tail #: N485LF Operator/Vendor: Owned Part 135 Weather: Clear. Not a factor Team: Pilot, two flight nurses. No injuries reported. No patient. Description: At approximately 1630 hrs on 11.19.14 Life Flight V was descending into the Zerbe Airport in Schuylkill county for fuel. The aircraft was approximately two miles southwest of the airport on a slow decent at 2400ft MSL. The flight nurse in the co-pilot seat was the first to see a drone at the 12 o’clock position flying towards the aircraft at a high rate of closure and at their altitude. The flight nurse yelled “watch out.” The pilot at this point also made visual contact e6
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