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I've commented before about the horrible EMS accident rate. While it has dramatically improved it still has a long way to go. A couple of entities at fault here, the company that accepted the flight and the folks who continued to shop it after being rejected twice:

A 1996 Bell 407 that crashed last week en route to a patient pick up in Ohio had been dispatched only after two other air ambulance companies rejected the flight as being below their established weather minimums. The Survival Flight helicopter had been dispatched from Grove City to pick up a patient in Pomeroy. All three crewmembers died January 29 when the helicopter crashed through trees and disintegrated at 6:55 a.m., shortly before local sunrise, on state forest land near McArthur, 34 miles from its destination. Blowing snow and gusty winds were reported in the area of the crash site at the time of the accident. Pilot Jennifer Topper, 34, held a second-class medical, a helicopter instrument rating, and had received her commercial certificate in November 2018, according to FAA records. 

The flight had been rejected by two other air ambulance programs: MedFlight operated by Metro Aviation, and HealthNet Aeromedical, operated by Air Methods. MedFlight issued a statement saying it had rejected the flight based on the fact that Metro’s Operational Control Center “determined that the weather conditions at the time of the request were below our program’s weather minimums.” HealthNet issued a similar statement, saying that its Air Methods pilot declined to complete the flight.

Survival Flight said the flight met all relevant FAA regulations. However, after the crash various media outlets received from tipsters what appeared to be official Survival Flight marketing materials directed at local hospitals. One point stressed on the flier: “Our weather minimums are different, if other companies turn down the flight for weather—CALL  US.” 

Survival Flight has bases in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma and operates a mixed fleet of Bell and Sikorsky helicopters and Pilatus PC-12 turboprop singles. In 2016, another Survival Flight Bell 407 crashed and was substantially damaged while on approach to a hospital heliport in Lawton, Oklahoma, in night visual meteorological conditions during a Part 135 repositioning flight. The three-person crew was injured. 

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Pilot Jennifer Topper, 34, held a second-class medical, a helicopter instrument rating, and had received her commercial certificate in November 2018, according to FAA records. 

I'm not REAL sure she was ready..........

Evidence kinda points that way.......

“Our weather minimums are different, if other companies turn down the flight for weather—CALL  US.” ..........if this is legit, lawsuit to follow!!!!!!!!!!!

BAD deal all the way around!

Mike

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my department usually is served by one of 2 services, Albany med to the south west and DART to the east, Burlington is in the process of getting a helo up and running, they may already have it going, but we haven't used them. Albany and Dart are stellar operations, outstanding medics and incredible pilots. they take no chances, and are professional in every single way, I cannot say enough for those brave people, many put it on the line overseas to protect our country and freedoms, these people put it on the line to help us here at home. god bless them all and be with the families and loved ones of those who were lost. 

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I live a mile from our hospital.

Was never in Vietnam but I can imagine it. 

Non stop choppers. 

The more birds in the air, the more that will come down. 

My sympathies to the loved ones of the victims. 

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We lost a guardian flight here in Alaska this last week I believe.  Three souls on board

 

 

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