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PENNSTAR - Non-injury incident
DATE 4/20/03 edt PROGRAM PENNSTAR VENDOR CJ Systems Av Grp ADDRESS Hospital Univ of PA 3400 Spruce St Phila, Pa WEATHER Clear. Not a factor AIRCRAFT_TYPE A 109E Power TAIL# N 109 UP TEAM Pilot, Nurse, Paramedic. No injuries reported. Patient on board. DESCRIPTION During interhospital mission with an intubated and sedated patient on board, aircraft traveling @ 130 knots, the pilot noticed a Cabin Door caution light illuminated. Pilot immediately advised medcrew and requested a door security check. Crew reported doors appeared visually and manually secure, shortly thereafter co-pilot side cabin door opened in flight. The medical crew manually secured door handle to secure the door but was unable to close door after the pilot slowed to a hover. An uneventful precautionary landing was made to a nearby sponsoring hospital's rooftop helipad. Patient transport was completed after rendezvous with another program aircraft. Due to heavy sedation, patient was unaware of event and his condition was unchanged. ADDITIONAL INFO Post flight mechanical assessment found door rollers were out of tracking thus preventing crew from closing door in flight. The crew coordination and overall actions of the team were commendable in preventing aircraft damage and the successful completion of the patient transport. Door was repaired, tested, and aircraft was placed back in service with operational limitations imposed. A redesigned door closure mechanism provided by manufacturer was installed post incident. SOURCE Bob Higgins, Program Director VIA Roseanne Krantz, 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.