NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In DC Medevac Downing | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.26.15

Airborne 01.26.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.27.15

Airborne 01.27.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.28.15

Airborne 01.28.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.29.15

Airborne 01.29.15

Friday

Airborne 01.30.15

Airborne 01.30.15

Sat, Jun 10, 2006

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In DC Medevac Downing

Investigators Focus On Mechanical Problems

In its Preliminary Investigation released this week on a May 30 accident involving a medevac EC-135 in Washington, DC, the National Transportation Safety Board is looking at the possibility a mechanical failure led to the helo losing power.

The NTSB says the MedSTAR helicopter, which was transporting a patient from Greater Southeast Community Hospital, approached the Washington Hospital Center helipad from the south to land, but then overflew it. The helo then circled around on the north side of the hospital center and approached the helipad flying southbound, but again abandoned the approach.

A short time later, the helicopter crashed on the golf course at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, about a half-mile away.

As Aero-News reported, the pilot, Darryl Johnson, and two medical crewmembers were seriously injured in the accident. The critically ill patient being transported, 51-year-old Steven Gaston, later died at the hospital for reasons not yet determined.

Johnson told the NTSB the helicopter "shuffled" as it approached the pad the first time, and the engine's RPM increased, which led him to abort the landing. Johnson then switched to manual control of the helicopter's #1 turbine, but kept the second engine on automatic mode.

Flight paramedic David Martin told investigators he heard an audio alarm in his headset after the first approach to the pad, and "it felt like the helicopter lost power." Martin heard the alarm again on the second landing attempt, as well.

The "shuffle" Johnson mentioned worsened over the golf course, the pilot reported, causing the helo to become uncontrollable. Just before the helicopter went down, Johnson called "mayday" and alerted his crew to prepare for a crash.

Just before impact, the helicopter "went into a spin," Martin said.

FMI: Read The Full NTSB Prelim

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.30.15: SpaceShipTwo Test Update, Google Lunar, CAF Hall Of Fame

Also: XL-2 Returns, DJI Disables, Barnstorming On Aero-Community, Prop STC, Elon Musk, Mars-Copter Since its inception, Virgin Galactic has worked with Scaled Composites to build a>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.15)

Association of Air Medical Services The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), based in Alexandria, Va., is the only trade association serving the entire air and ground medica>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.15): No Gyro Approach

A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning gyro-compass or directional gyro.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.31.15)

“I’m grateful to my staff, many supporters, suppliers and the Heriot Watt Research Park team who are here to celebrate our official opening today." Source: Trig Avionic>[...]

ANN FAQ: ANN's News Portal Syndication Program

Get A Customized ANN News Portal For YOUR Website! As we promised, the ever-so-busy software geeks at ANN have been working overtime on a number of cool new tools and toys... and t>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC