NTSB: Va. Medevac Crew Not Alerted To Third Plane

The plane's pilot and a passenger were killed.


 
 

| Tuesday, January 11, 2011


WEYERS CAVE, Va. - The crew of a medical helicopter didn't see a small airplane before the two aircraft collided in the air near a rural airport in the Shenandoah Valley, federal investigators have found.

NTSB Preliminary Report

The 2005 Eurocopter's collision avoidance system displayed two other planes in the area but didn't alert the crew to the third plane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report. WHSV-TV reported the federal agency's preliminary findings Tuesday.

The 1967 Cessna 172's right wing was separated in the Dec. 31 collision and the plane crashed. The plane's pilot, 32-year-old Jason A. Long of Edinburg, and a passenger, 19-year-old Jacob H. Kiser of Grottoes, were killed.

The Eurocopter landed safely at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave and three people aboard were uninjured, the report said.

According to the report, the helicopter pilot told investigators that the aircraft was descending and was at about 500 feet above ground level when he "saw about 2 feet of white wing right outside." The pilot said he "pulled power" and then felt contact. One flight nurse aboard the helicopter reporting feeling a bump and a shudder. She looked out and saw a white rectangle under the helicopter for "less than a millisecond."

Another flight nurse also reported feeling a bump but said he didn't see anything outside the helicopter.

The helicopter was returning to the airport after dropping off a patient at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. The airplane was on a local personal flight that originated at the airport.

___

Information from: WHSV-TV, http://www.whsv.com/



Related Links:


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, medevac, helicopter EMS

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Image Trend: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ImageTrend just challenged NEMSIS TAC and a couple others.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.?

A.J. Heightman participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way!
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Details on Discipline Released in D.C. Investigation

Interim fire chief claims punishment was not severe enough.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters Recovering from Injuries

One of the four remains in critical condition.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Numerous Rescues during Arizona Flooding

Severe flooding across the region prompted several rescues.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Hiker Rescue

Injured hiker spent three hours in a crevice.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Helicopters used to help reach the injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >