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Another medical chopper crash claims three lives; FAA advisory posted for all readers

Hospital Safety Insider, March 31, 2010

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Three flight crew members died last week when their medical helicopter crashed in Brownsville, TN, about 55 miles out of Memphis. There were no patients on board.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) did not discover any structural problems with the aircraft and are instead focusing on weather conditions because there were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the crash, according to The Commercial Appeal of Memphis.
 
The accident is the latest in a long series of airborne EMS mishaps that has received the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You can read the FAA’s lengthy heliport advisory, which includes recommendations for healthcare facility landing pads, for free at the Hospital Safety Center.
 
The Tennessee crash is the fourth fatal medical chopper accident in six months, reported The Commercial Appeal, quoting information from the NTSB.



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