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HELP Flight - Non-injury incident

Date: 10/02/2010 04:25 

Program: HELP Flight 
	St. Vincent Healthcare
	1233 N. 30th St.
	Billings, Montana 59101

Type: EC 135
Tail #: N911SV
Operator/Vendor: Metro Aviation Inc.

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic . No injuries reported. Patient on board. 

	Shortly after take-off from a scene flight at a remote location, the
	medical crew noticed the smell of smoke in the cabin, followed
	immediately by what appeared to be smoke. 
	The pilot was notified and a precautionary landing was performed.
	The HELP Flight Communications Center was contacted via satellite
	phone and the PAIP was initiated.
	Arrangements were made to have a ground ambulance complete the
	transport of the patient, accompanied by the HELP Flight medical
	The Mechanic and day pilot were requested to the location of the
	helicopter for further evaluation.

Additional Info: 
	Follow-up: The mechanic determined that the source of the smell/smoke
	was residual compressor wash solution in the bleed air lines.
	Both engines had received compressor washes since the last time the
	aircraft heater had been used.
	The aircraft was determined to be airworthy, flown to Billings and
	placed back into service.

Source: Thomas Coble

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