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Life Flight Network - Non-injury incident

Date: 08/10/2010  

Program: Life Flight Network
	22285 Yellow Gate Lane, Suite 102
	Aurora, OR 97002

Type: EC 135
Tail #: N93LF
Operator/Vendor: Air Methods

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic, Trainee. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	Life Flight Network was requested to respond to an injured firefighter
	on Iron Mountain in the Sawtooth National Forest in Camas County, ID.
	The crew located the landing zone on the side of the mountain. After
	landing at the helispot the smokejumpers had prepared, the medical
	crew departed the aircraft. The pilot then shut down the engines. At
	this point, with the rotors turning very slowly, the left rear of the
	helispot gave way, allowing the aircraft to settle backwards until
	resting on the tail. The pilot then exited the aircraft. With help
	from the firefighters, the aircraft was secured to prevent any further
	movement. Then, the ground under the skid was built-up, bringing the
	helicopter to a level position. After an inspection by the lead
	mechanic ascertained that there was no damage to the aircraft, the
	pilot flew it back to Boise where it was returned to service.
	The injured firefighter was transported in a Forest Service helicopter
	and then transferred to an Air National Guard helicopter for transport
	to the trauma center; in both situations with our medical crew in

Source: Mike Griffiths, CEO

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