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Air Life of Oregon - Non-injury incident

DATE		6/26/03 1410 

PROGRAM		Air Life of Oregon

VENDOR		Air Methods

		2500 NE Neff Rd.
Bend, OR 97701

WEATHER		Clear. Not a factor


TEAM		pilot, flight nurse, respiratory therapist. No
injuries reported. No patient. 

DESCRIPTION	Climbing through 17,000 feet on departure from
		PDX, the left windshield cracked in a shattered
		pattern, obscuring vision.  The cracking was
		accompanied by a "popping" sound however there is
		no evidence that any object struck the
		windshield.  The windshield remained intact.  The
		pilot declared an emergency, began a descent, and
		landed at DLS, approximately 10 minutes later. 
		Because of the limited visibility through the
		left windshield, the pilot moved to the right
		seat to execute an uneventful landing.

SOURCE		Bill Conklin, Lead Pilot, Air Life of Oregon

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 rjkrantz@aol.com.