It was with great sadness that I read about the air rescue helicopter crash that occurred this week. Apparently, one of the main rotors flew off while the helicopter was in flight, causing it to crash into a field with no survivors.
“The rotor blades were separated and came to rest about 200 yards away,” as did the rotor mast, Knudson said. “We have witness reports reporting the same thing.”
Templeton said investigators found the rotor blades 320 yards from the rest of the wreckage.
Any incident like this is tragic, but this seems even more so given the lifesaving work that these emergency personnel do. I’ve represented dozens of people over the years whose lives have been saved by these Air Evac crews. Their ability to arrive so quickly at the scene of major collisions and stabilize severely injured people, and transport them to hospitals within minutes is nothing short of incredible. It takes a special kind of person to do this job, too, because of the severity of the injuries they deal with every day.
Any crash involving an airplane or helicopter is generally investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board in order to try and determine its cause, and hopefully prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. The NTSB will examine the flight logs, maintenance record, and other documentation involving the operation and maintenance of the helicopter, as well as thoroughly inspect the wreckage to see if they can identify the piece or pieces of the helicopter that obviously failed.
Our hearts go out to the families of the crew members, as well as their co-workers.