NTSB: CareFlight Helicopter Separated in Midair

Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter come apart while in flight.


 
 

| Tuesday, June 15, 2010


DALLAS - The National Transportation Safety Board says the crash of an air medical helicopter near Dallas occurred after its tail and rotor systems separated from the fuselage in midair.

The preliminary NTSB report cites witnesses who reported seeing the components separate from the CareFlite helicopter while it was cruising at 600 feet.

The Bell 222U crashed in a field in Midlothian during a maintenance run June 2. Both the pilot and mechanic on board were killed. The three-paragraph report says the rotor system hit the ground 200 feet from the main wreckage, while the tail landed 400 feet away.

The report was posted on the NTSB website Friday. A CareFlite spokeswoman declined to comment.

Read the Report: NTSB ID: CEN10FA291



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