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HALO-Flight - Non-injury incident

Date: 7-14-10 14:23 CDT

Program: HALO-Flight
	1843 FM 665
	Corpus Christi, TX 78415

Type: Bell 407
Tail #: N30HF

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, and Flight Medic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	The crew dropped a patient at the receiving facility and was
	dispatched to respond directly to a second flight. The pilot departed
	and 2 minutes into the flight observed the transmission oil pressure
	indicating no pressure (in a Bell 407 this is one bar showing on the
	The appropriate emergency procedure is to land as soon as possible.
	The pilot was over KCRP and made a precautionary landing.
	A PIAP (Post Incident Action Plan) was initiated as per procedure.
	The mechanic removed and cleaned the transmission oil pressure
	transducer connector. The aircraft was run up, checked, and returned
	to service.
	Approximately 30 minutes after returning to service the aircraft was
	dispatched on a flight. The patient transfer flight was successfully
	accomplished. When the pilot started the aircraft to return to base
	the transmission pressure again indicated no pressure. 
	The pilot shut the aircraft down and called maintenance. The mechanic
	subsequently found a broken ground wire that was causing this
	intermittent problem. The aircraft was repaired and returned to
	service with no further problems.

Additional Info: 
	The pilot showed excellent discipline in following the emergency
	procedure. Our base is only 3 miles from the airport where the initial
	precautionary landing was made. Additionally during the second
	incident he made the decision to shut the aircraft down and wait for
	the mechanic to fix the problem even when he "knew" this was just a
	gauge problem.

Source: Tom Klassen, Director of Operations

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