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Albany MedFLIGHT - LifeNet - Non-injury incident
DATE 12-26-02 1400 EST PROGRAM Albany MedFLIGHT - LifeNet VENDOR Rocky Mountain ADDRESS 387 Myrtle Avenue Albany, NY 12208 WEATHER Winds were northwest at 19 knots, gusting to 26. Partly cloudy. AIRCRAFT_TYPE BK-117-A4 TAIL# N591AM TEAM Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. DESCRIPTION Crew was dispatched for an interhospital transfer. The crew boarded the helicopter and the pilot began to start the number 1 engine. As the main rotor blades began to turn, one of the blades flexed downward, and struck the tail boom. The blade separated from the main rotor hub, and the start was aborted. There was damage to the vertical stabilizers, tailboom and blades. No debris departed the roof-top helipad and there were no injuries. Cause is suspected to be wind related but is still being investigated. SOURCE Tina Giangrasso - Program Director VIA David Kearns, CONCERN =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The CONCERN network shares verified information to alert medical transport programs when an accident / incident has occurred. Please share the above information with your program staff. If you have further questions, please contact the CONCERN Coordinator, Roseann Krantz @ 1-800-75-SHOCK or firstname.lastname@example.org.