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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43458
Last updated: 5 October 2019
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Date:09-JUL-1994
Time:19:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Rocky Mountain Helicopters
Registration: N95LG
C/n / msn: 2389
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:10 miles SW of Granite, Colorado -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Provenant Medical Center, Frisco, Colrado (91CO)
Destination airport:Mount Huron, Colorado
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On July 9, 1994, at 19:48 mountain daylight time (MDT), N95LG, an Aerospatiale AS350 B2 Ecureuil, was destroyed during hovering, 10 miles southwest of Granite, Colorado. The commercial pilot and a flight nurse were fatally injured, (Pilot: Gary McCall, Flight Nurse: Sandy Sigman) and three ground personnel received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

The following is based on the pilot/operator report and interviews with ground rescuers. The helicopter, operating as an air ambulance, was dispatched from Provenant Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado, to 14,003-foot Mount Huron, near Granite, to pick up an female injured hiker, who had sustained a broken ankle.

Ground rescue personnel said the pilot was in radio contact with them as he made his approach at the 12,200 foot level. The pilot advised them he would place the helicopter's right skid on the mountain slope to allow them to load the patient on the downhill side. Rescuers said they were beneath the rotor disc and were shielding their faces from flying debris when they heard "chopping" noises. They saw the main rotor blades strike the rocks and saw the helicopter flip over their heads and tumble down the mountain, coming to rest 800 feet away at the 11,400 foot level.

Sources:

1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001206X01729&ntsbno=FTW94FA224&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=95LG
3. http://aircrashed.com/aircraft/aFTW94FA224.shtml
4. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=11527
5. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/co/N95LG/
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huron_Peak#Flight_for_Life_Accident
7. http://www.escalade.com.au/rescue/media/ShimanskiJan02.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
07-Feb-2009 10:35 harro Updated
20-Aug-2010 04:26 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities]
02-Jul-2014 20:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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