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FlightCare - Non-injury incident

Date: 2-25-2010 1445 

Program: FlightCare
	800 S. Washington
	Saginaw, MI 48601

Type: MBB-BK117
Tail #: N711FC
Operator/Vendor: Omniflight

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, flight nurse & flight paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	At approximately 14:45 EDT, en route to a referring hospital, the
	local tower alerted N711FC of possible traffic at 10 o?clock and 1800
	ft, believed to be an A-10 heading southeast at approximately 300 kts.
	N711FC was heading north at 1500 ft in cruise flight at 130 knots. The
	traffic was not communicating with the tower.  Visual contact was
	obtained the traffic and then lost in less than a minute.  The tower
	stated the A-10 had turned eastbound, coming directly at them, less
	than 2 miles away and closing, and recommended an immediate climb.  At
	approximately the same time, the flight crew spotted the A-10 at 10
	o?clock and close to the same altitude.  The pilot initiated an
	immediate climbing left turn and the A-10 passed beneath the
	helicopter on the left side with an estimated 150 ft clearance. 
	Flight continued to referring hospital without further incident.

Source: Mary Jo Stephen, Program Manager

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