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Hall Air Ambulance - Non-injury incident

DATE		8/11/03  

PROGRAM		Hall Air Ambulance


		1001 21st St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

WEATHER		Clear. Not a factor



TEAM		Pilot, Nurse, Paramedic. No injuries reported.
Patient on board. 

DESCRIPTION	While transporting a patient to the trauma center
		from a remote wilderness area, a blanket was
		sucked out of an 11" by 13" window approximately
		8 minutes into the flight.  The pilot reported no
		change in the controls and safely landed the
		helicopter.  Upon landing the pilot inspected the
		aircraft and discovered a bent tail rotor strike
		tab.  Tail rotor, gear box and drive shaft were
		replaced as a result of the incident.

SOURCE		Myron Smith, Program Director, Hall Air

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.