ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34956
Last updated: 23 October 2014
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Date:24-JUL-2000
Time:02:30 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B
Owner/operator:Critical Care Medflight
Registration: N911AM
C/n / msn: 1319
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles E of Sumner, Worth County, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Savannah, GA (SAV/KSAV)
Destination airport:Sylvester, GA (SYV/KSAV)
Narrative:
On July 24, 2000, about 0230 eastern daylight time, a Eurocopter AS350B, N911AM, registered to and operated by Critical Care Medflight, was destroyed when it collided with trees and the ground during cruise flight 2 miles east of Sumner, Georgia. The commercial pilot, one flight nurse and one flight paramedic were fatally injured:

- Paramedic Michael 'stick' Elam
- Nurse Renee Welch Chapman
- Pilot Bart Bradshaw

Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the repositioning flight. The flight originated from Savannah, Georgia, at 01:00 EDT, with an intended destination of Sylvester, Georgia.

According to the operator, the purpose of the air medical flight operating as "LifeFlight 3" was to transport a patient from Coffee County Hospital in Douglas, Georgia, to St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. After dropping off the patient, the flight was returning to the Worth County Baptist Hospital in Sylvester. At approximately 02:27 EDT, the pilot contacted the Life Flight dispatcher and reported a Global Position System (GPS) location 7 miles west/northwest of Tifton, Georgia. No further communication was received from the pilot.

Witnesses in the sparsely populated local area stated that at about 02:30 EDT they heard the helicopter fly over their homes. They said that it was a dark night, the sky was clear of clouds and that the helicopter was low, maybe 400 to 500 feet above the ground. One witness stated that he watched the helicopter fly until out of site then heard a "pop sound" he said it sounded unusual and was not very loud. He woke the next morning and found out about the accident and reported to the local police what he had observed.

The flight failed to arrive at its final destination of Sylvester, Georgia. A search was initiated, and the helicopter was located at 08:50 EDT, 2 miles east of Sumner, Georgia, by a pilot overflying the area. The helicopter collided with trees and came to rest in a swampy, wooded area adjacent to a cotton field.

On July 24 2010 - the tenth anniversary of the accident - a monument to the three crew was erected in Jefford Park, Sylvester, Georgia.

Sources:
1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001212X21362&ntsbno=ATL00FA069&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=N911AM
3. http://www.walb.com/story/12864850/lifeflight-helicopter-crash-10-years-later
4. http://aircrashed.com/cause/cATL00FA069.shtml
5. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=11484
6. http://blog.aopa.org/helicopter/?cat=1&paged=2
7. http://www.slackdavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/airambulancemikeslack.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
09-Jul-2014 02:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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