Special Investigation Report on Emergency Medical Services Operations
This report discusses safety issues identified during the National Transportation Safety Board¿s special investigation of 55 emergency medical services (EMS) aircraft accidents that occurred in the United States between January 2002 and January 2005. Safety issues discussed in this report focus on less stringent requirements for EMS operations conducted without patients on board, a lack of aviation flight risk evaluation programs for EMS operations, a lack of consistent, comprehensive flight dispatch procedures for EMS operations, and no requirements to use technologies such as terrain awareness and warning systems to enhance EMS flight safety. Charts and tables.
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14 Code 55 accidents aeronautical Air Medical Airworthiness Appendix ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT Battle Mountain certificate holder CFIT CHDO Closed—Acceptable Code of Federal conducted Emergency Medical Services EMS accidents EMS aircraft EMS helicopter operations EMS operations EMS PT EMS Rtn equipment fatal Federal Aviation Administration Federal Regulations flight crews flight dispatch flight risk evaluation flight rules flight-following FSDO’s geographic area guidance Helicopter Association International Helicopter Emergency Medical helicopter EMS hospital Injuries Type Mission Inspection PTRS Code inspectors instrument meteorological conditions LDG.A/P maintenance medical personnel medical service EMS Medical Services Operations MINS Mission Comments Patients night vision goggles notice NVIS operational control operator’s patients on board positioning flight PROCEDURE-WEIGHTED Programs for Helicopter risk assessment risk evaluation program risk management route Safety Board Safety Recommendation Special Investigation Report TAWS TRAINING-WEIGHTED Type Mission Comments visual flight rules weather conditions weather information weather minimums Wreckage