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LIFE STAR - Non-injury incident



DATE		6/28/03  

PROGRAM		LIFE STAR

VENDOR		Air Methods

ADDRESS
		Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour St. Box 5037
Hartford, CT 06102-5037

WEATHER		Clear. Not a factor

AIRCRAFT_TYPE	BK 117

TAIL#		N138HH

TEAM		Pilot, Nurse, RT. No injuries reported. No
patient. 

DESCRIPTION	While and in level flight en route to a scene
		call, a laminated map that was on the lap of the
		crewmember sitting in the left cockpit seat was
		sucked out of the window.  Immediately
		thereafter, flight nurse heard a "thud" along
		side of aircraft at the same time a "door ajar"
		caution light activated in the cockpit (caused by
		the map coming in contact with the handle of the
		left side sliding door).  Flight nurse checked
		sliding door and found it slightly ajar.  Door
		was quickly secured.  The pilot insured that all
		systems and controls were functioning properly. 
		Flight continued without further incident.

ADDITIONAL INFO	Program contacted public information office in the
		event that phone calls from public were received.
		 Discussions took place at post flight
		debriefing, subsequent shift briefings as well as
		crew management meetings.  Note:  Size of window
		at largest point of opening is approximately 10"
		by 10", window was half way open at the time of
		incident.

SOURCE		SPalmer, LIFE STAR

VIA		Roseanne Krantz, CONCERN
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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.