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Yampa Valley Air Ambulance - Fatal accident
DATE January 11, 2005 Abt. 2140 MST PROGRAM Yampa Valley Air Ambulance VENDOR Mountain Flight Service ADDRESS 1024 Central Park Drive Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 WEATHER Night time, snowing. AIRCRAFT_TYPE King Air E90 TAIL# 41WE INJURIES Tim Benway, age 35, Pilot - fatal Dave Linner, age 36, Flight Nurse, Program Director - fatal Jennifer Wells, age 30, Flight Nurse - fatal Tim Baldwin, age 35, Flight Paramedic - injured DESCRIPTION On the evening of January 11, Yampa Valley Air Ambulance (YVAA) was requested to fly the victim of a motor vehicle crash from Rawlins to Casper, Wyoming, for further care. The planned ETA was 2140. By 2200, when no word of a safe landing had been received, aircraft overdue procedures were initiated. Minutes later, a cell phone call was received in the St. Anthony Communication Center, YVAA's dispatch service, from the flight paramedic, Tim Baldwin, notifying that they had crashed. Despite his injuries and entrapment in the wreckage, Tim was able to help guide rescuers to the scene of the crash by listening for the sounds of their sirens. Unfortunately,communication with him was lost after about ninety minutes. The crash site was finally located at about 0230, almost five hours after the crash, using handheld receivers homing in on the ELT signal. The site was in a remote area and required considerable efforts to reach. Tim Benway, Dave Linner, and Jennifer Wells were found already deceased. Tim Baldwin, however, was still alive. After being extricated, he was transported to the hospital in Rawlins for stabilization. He was later transported to Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colorado, for further care. He is expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the crash is under investigation. ADDITIONAL INFO There will be a Memorial Service for the public tonight, Friday, January 14th, at 6pm, at Bob Adams Field (Steamboat Springs Airport). The service will be held in a heated hangar. There will be a Memorial Service next Wednesday January 19th at 2:30pm for ALL air medical crews and YVMC employees at Yampa Valley Medical Center (unknown conference room at this time). This service is not open to the public. The funeral for Dave Linner will be held at the Concordia Lutheran Church at 755 Concordia Lane in Steamboat Springs. Visitation is on Sunday evening and the funeral is Monday at 11:00. Services for Jennifer Wells are Monday, January 17th at 10:00am at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Stratton, Colorado. A memorial service for Tim Benway will be held Saturday, January 22nd at 10:30am at the Vail Interfaith Chapel in Vail, Colorado. More information will follow on this service. Funds have been established through the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley for the victims involved. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Healthcare Foundation at 970-871-0700. SOURCE Jamie Neault, YVAA Safety Officer VIA David Kearns, CONCERN Coordinator =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 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, David Kearns at 800 525 3712 or email: email@example.com.