Pressure to conduct EMS operations safely and quickly in various enviromental conditions- for example, in inclement weather and at night- increases the risk of accidents when compared to other types of patient transport methods, including ground ambulances or commercial flights. In this accident report, NTSB said, “The pilot did not maintain sufficient airspeed during an instrument approach in icing conditions, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s fatigue, the operator’s decision to initiate the flight without conducting a formal risk assessment that included time of day, weather and crew rest, and the lack of guidelines for the medical community to determine the appropriate mode of transportation for patients.
** Especial interest for all those concerning MEDEVAC FLIGHTS
High Risk, Low Need: Medevac Accident Report FSF jul12
Mark Lacagnina / FSF /AerosafetWorld/ July 2012