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VANDERBILT LIFEFLIGHT - Non-injury incident
DATE 8/24/03 dusk edt PROGRAM VANDERBILT LIFEFLIGHT VENDOR AIR METHODS ADDRESS VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER SKYPORT HELIPAD-VUH NASHVILLE, TN 37232 WEATHER Clear. Not a factor AIRCRAFT_TYPE BK 117 B1 TAIL# N911VU TEAM PILOT, 2 NURSES. No injuries reported. Patient on board. DESCRIPTION During an interfacility transport of a pediatric patient to Venderbilt Medical Center the flight crew and patient heard a loud noise followed by several seconds of aircraft shudder. The pilot maintained control of the aircraft at all times and followed program policy by requesting a precautionary landing at the nearest airport, which was Nashville International Airport. The medical crew completed the patient transport by ground ambulance without further incident. ADDITIONAL INFO Initial suspicion was thought to be related to a bird strike. Further investigation has indicated the helicopter experienced a compressor stall after passing through the vortices of a 757 jetliner on final approach to Nashville International Airport. A back-up helicopter was put into service that night. Maintenance crews have found no indication of engine problems. The aircraft has been inspected, flight tested and returned to service. SOURCE Wilson Matthews, Asst. Dir., Vanderbilt LifeFlight 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.