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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-17-013
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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 AIR MEDICAL SERVICES AND AIR MEDICAL OPERATORS ASSOCIATION: Work with the Association of Critical Care Transport to 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 - Await 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: Air Medical Operators Association (Open - Await Response)
Association of Air Medical Services (Open - Await Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Air Medical Operators Association
Date: 4/13/2017
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 Critical Care Transport; and the following recommendation to AMOA, which is also issued to the Association of Air Medical Services.

From: NTSB
To: Association of Air Medical Services
Date: 4/13/2017
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 Critical Care Transport; and the following recommendation to AAMS, which is also issued to the Air Medical Operators Association.