ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34956
Last updated: 24 July 2014
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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:
Eurocopter AS 350B
|Owner/operator:||Critical Care Medflight|
|C/n / msn:|| 1319|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||2 miles E of Sumner, Worth County, Georgia -
United States of America
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Savannah, GA (SAV/KSAV)|
|Destination airport:||Sylvester, GA (SYV/KSAV)|
- 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.
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
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
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