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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-17-012
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Synopsis: On July 3, 2015, about 1339 mountain daylight time, an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e helicopter, N390LG, registered to and operated by Air Methods Corporation, lifted off from the Summit Medical Center Heliport, Frisco, Colorado, and then crashed into a parking lot; the impact point was located 360 feet southwest of the ground-based helipad. The pilot was fatally injured, and the two flight nurses were seriously injured. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on a company flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE ASSOCIATION OF CRITICAL CARE TRANSPORT: In collaboration with the Association of Air Medical Services and the Air Medical Operators Association, establish a working group to develop and distribute guidelines, for those who purchase, lease, or contract for helicopters, regarding the equipment and systems that would enhance the helicopters’ crashworthiness, including, at a minimum, a crash-resistant fuel system and energy-absorbing seats.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Frisco, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: CEN15MA290
Accident Reports: ​Aircraft Accident Report: Loss of Control at Takeoff Air Methods Corporation Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e, N390LG
Report #: AAR-17-01
Accident Date: 7/3/2015
Issue Date: 4/13/2017
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of Critical Care Transport (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of Critical Care Transport
Date: 7/18/2017
Response: We note that you have formed the SRSC, which includes representatives from AAMS and AMOA. We reviewed the SRSC’s terms of reference, plan, and schedule for developing and releasing the recommended guidelines, and we commend you for your prompt response to this recommendation and progress to date. Pending development and release of the recommended guidelines, Safety Recommendation A-17-12, is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Association of Critical Care Transport
To: NTSB
Date: 6/7/2017
Response: -From Thomas P. Judge, CCTP, Executive Director, LifeFlight of Maine, The LifeFlight Foundation: Attached please find the initial work report on this recommendation. Ms. Christine Zalar the project manager and I will endeavor to provide updates on quarterly basis. Please contact me with questions. Progress: 3 April 2017 Proposed process approved by ACCT Board 8 April 2017 Contact and discussions with AAMS and AMOA regarding proposed process and work plan to address recommendation 25 April 2017 Framing Presentation by NTSB to ACCT Board: John DiLisi, Dr. Kristin Poland, Jeffery Marcus, Chihoon Shin 26 April 2017 Initial meeting of Joint Association Steering Committee (ACCT, AMOA, AAMS) 12 May 2017 Meeting Steering Committee. Review Draft WP Problem Statement, Approve Terms of Reference 6 June 2017 Adopt Final WP Problem Statement, Document Distribution Process Next steps: Engage partner Associations for Technical and Advisory Panels

From: NTSB
To: Association of Critical Care Transport
Date: 4/17/2017
Response: On March 28, 2017, we adopted our report concerning the July 3, 2015, accident in which an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e helicopter, N390LG, registered to and operated by Air Methods Corporation, lifted off from the Summit Medical Center Heliport, Frisco, Colorado, and then crashed into a parking lot; the impact point was located 360 feet southwest of the ground-based helipad.1 Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the report of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website, http://www.ntsb.gov, under report number NTSB/AAR-17/01. As a result of this investigation, we issued six new recommendations, including one to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), two to Airbus Helicopters, one to the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency, one to the Association of Air Medical Services and the Air Medical Operators Association, and the following recommendation to ACCT.