Terrible aviation accident close to home. One of the two Life Flight helicopters operated by Duke University Health Systems crashed this morning in a remote part of eastern North Carolina. Mild temperatures, skies clear and a million. What happened to this Eurocopter EC145? Fuel exhaustion?
Each helicopter – both Eurocopter EC145s – can travel at about 150 mph and cover all of North Carolina and parts of South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. A typical flight includes two critical care providers, a pilot and a single patient. Team members work rotating 12-hour shifts.
Avery confirmed that the one that crashed bore the tail number N146DU. An FAA database indicates the twin-engined craft was manufactured in 2011.
In this case, the pilot received a type rating on his newly purchased Citation just three weeks prior to the accident flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board released an initial report Thursday night that gives a timeline of the events leading up to the Dec. 29 plane crash over Lake Erie that killed 6.
Source: NTSB releases preliminary report on Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6 | cleveland.com
I’ll periodically post links to small-plane crashes that catch my attention. The NTSB usually takes more than a year to release its findings. In this instance, my guess is that the density altitude of 8,000 feet or so was a factor. But we’ll see in about a year.
Four people were killed when a small plane crashed on I-15 northbound at Riverdale Rd. in Weber County Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Four killed in small plane crash outside Salt Lake City | Fox News