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Helicopters collide in Flagstaff -- at least 7 dead

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MU_was_not_so_hard, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    CNN reporting. No link yet.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Wasn't there another deadly helicopter crash in Arizona not too long ago?
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    By Amanda Lee Myers
    Associated Press Writer

    PHOENIX — Two medical helicopters collided in midair Sunday
    afternoon near an Arizona hospital, killing at least seven people
    and critically injuring three, a federal official said.
    All three people on one of the helicopters were killed in the
    Flagstaff collision, including a patient and the pilot, said Ian
    Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
    Four others were killed and three critically wounded, Gregor
    said. He wasn’t sure if they were all on the second helicopter or
    whether some were on the ground.
    The cause of the collision is being investigated.
    Two news helicopters collided while covering an auto chase last
    summer near Phoenix, killing all four people on board.
  4. pallister

    pallister Guest

    So two helicopter collisions there in back-to-back years. What are the odds?
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    That two cities 137 miles apart would each have one helicopter collision in back-to-back years? Astronomonical.
  6. Perhaps they need to build more skyways.
  7. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Patient had injuries bad enough to be airlifted somewhere and was killed in a mid-air helicopter collision? What a horrible day for that person's loved ones.
  8. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    I think the details will come out in time, but usually, with a patient , there are four people on board: the pilot, the patient and two care providers.
  9. I've covered one of these before, it's sad because the people who give aid on helicopters are usually ambitious professionals who are among the best at what they do. The family I talked to were just devastated.
  10. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    One driver? I guess if they have VFR conditions it's OK, but it's certainly not the safest situation. All it takes is one fucking bird to kill everyone. And shit like that happens. One of my best friends -- another flight student -- was struck in the chest and face by a buzzard that flew through the window on Monday. They only lived because the co-pilot was in the other seat.

    That's a long way around saying I'm surprised they'd fly single pilot.
  11. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    I think Alanis Morissette wrote a song about that.
  12. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    SOP. One pilot, two care providers, usually nurse + paramedic ,sometimes doc + nurse/paramedic. Different personnel configuration for neonatal critical care flights.
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