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MEDFLIGHT OF OHIO - Non-injury incident
DATE 6/21/03 0330 PROGRAM MEDFLIGHT OF OHIO ADDRESS 2827 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43235 WEATHER Clear. Not a factor AIRCRAFT_TYPE KING AIR 200 TEAM 2 PILOTS, NURSE, PARAMEDIC. No injuries reported. Patient on board. DESCRIPTION While on a flight from Ohio to New York, about 40 miles SW of Buffalo, at an altitude of 33,000', the crew heard a "pop" in the aircraft. The captain's interior windshield (two layers), cracked into a shattered pattern but stayed intact. The captain and co-pilot summoned the nurse/medic team to make sure their seatbelts were secure and proceeded to make an emergency descent to below 25,000' to reduce the pressurization differential to below 4.6 PSI. They made a precautionary landing at Buffalo, NY, 176 miles short of the intended destination of Ogdansburgh, NY. The captain had sufficient visibility through the windshield to land the aircraft safely otherwise the co-pilot would have handled the landing. The incident occurred with the windshield heat "on" with the outside air temperature at about 40 below zero F. Appropriate cabin pressure was maintained throughout the descent with no adverse affects on the crew. Because the aircraft was not capable of continuing the medical transport flight; Stat Medevac of Pittsburgh's aircraft was chartered to pick up the MedFlight team and proceed to complete the transport. ADDITIONAL INFO Both windshields had been inspected within the past 10 days and showed no signs of stress or delaminating. Both windshields are in the process of being replaced at an FBO in Buffalo. Raytheon Aircraft abnormal procedures bulletins indicate the pilots followed their recommended procedures to a "T". Interestingly enough, the bulletin advises "continued flight with a cracked windshield is limited to 25 hours". SOURCE Rod Crane, President/CEO MedFlight of Ohio 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 email@example.com.