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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221281
Last updated: 4 October 2019
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Time:c. 06:43 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B407 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 407
Owner/operator:Viking Aviation dba Survival Flight
Registration: N191SF
C/n / msn: 53006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Lake Hope State Park in McArthur, OH -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mount Carmel Health Heliport (OI61)
Destination airport:Holzer Meigs Hospital, Pomeroy, OH
The ambulance helicopter crashed into wooded terrain in southeast Ohio with three persons onboard. Photos from the crash scene show that the helicopter was completely destroyed (fragmented). 3 occupants died. At approximately 10:16 LT, Ohio State Highway Patrol found the wreckage. The aircraft was en route to pick up a patient.

According to the Survival Flight Operations Control Specialist (OCS) on duty at the time of the accident, the night shift pilot had originally accepted the flight. The OCS said that, while he was on the phone with that pilot reviewing flight details about 0612, he was told that, due to the upcoming shift change, the day pilot would be taking the flight.

The OCS said that, while watching the helicopter on flight tracking software in the Operations Control Center, he observed that, about 15 minutes after departure, the helicopter made a turn to the right, then "a sharp left turn," which was immediately followed by a "no-tracking alarm." The emergency action plan was then initiated.

The helicopter wreckage was located on a tree-covered hill and exhibited significant fragmentation. The wreckage and debris path extended about 600 ft downslope on a heading of about 345 magnetic. A portion of the front-left skid tube was found at the start of the wreckage path, followed by the main rotor hub and blades, tail boom and tail rotor, cockpit and cabin, and the engine and transmission deck. Tree branches broken about 30 ft above ground level were observed near the front-left skid tube. Additionally, one main rotor blade had separated from the main rotor hub and was embedded in a tree. The elevation of the wreckage area ranged from 850 to 980 ft above mean sea level (msl). There was no evidence of a postcrash fire, but a strong smell of fuel was reported by first responders when the wreckage was first discovered.

The helicopter was equipped with an Outerlink Global Solutions IRIS flight data monitoring system, which provides real-time flight tracking data. The flight tracking information is relayed via satellites to an internet-based storage location in 10-second intervals. According to the IRIS data, the helicopter's last known location was about 4 miles northeast of Zaleski at an altitude of 1,528 ft msl, traveling at 132 knots across the ground, on a course of 072. In addition to the transmission of data at 10-second intervals, the IRIS stores flight data in 1-second intervals, along with voice and satellite communications.


Revision history:

29-Jan-2019 18:21 gerard57 Added
29-Jan-2019 18:24 harro Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Source]
29-Jan-2019 19:44 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 21:00 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 21:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 21:39 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 21:41 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-Jan-2019 02:44 RobertMB Updated [Source]
30-Jan-2019 04:03 Geno Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
30-Jan-2019 09:32 SANMJN Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
30-Jan-2019 15:46 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Location, Narrative]
30-Jan-2019 15:50 RobertMB Updated [Source]
30-Jan-2019 16:07 A.J. Scholten Updated [Registration]
30-Jan-2019 16:56 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
31-Jan-2019 11:49 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2019 20:29 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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