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8/17/07

NTSB Releases Preliminary Findings from MedEvac Crash

The NTSB has released its preliminary findings from the MedEvac plane crash August 5th, that killed five people.

Here is the text from that report:

NTSB Identification: DEN07MA134
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Sunday, August 05, 2007 in Ruidoso, NM
Aircraft: Beech E90B, registration: N369CD
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On August 5, 2007, at 2137 mountain daylight time, a Beech E90B, NC369CD, operated by Southwest MedEvac and piloted by an airline transport pilot, was destroyed when the it struck trees and impacted terrain while maneuvering approximately 4 miles southeast of the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (SRR), Ruidoso, New Mexico. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident. The nonscheduled domestic passenger (air ambulance) flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed but had not been activated. The pilot, flight nurse, flight medic, patient, and patient's mother were fatally injured. The cross-country flight originated approximately 2135 and was in route to Albuquerque (ABQ), New Mexico.

Preliminary information indicates the airplane was dispatched from Roswell, New Mexico, and arrived at Ruidoso approximately 2030. A 15-month-old child and her mother were placed aboard the airplane, and it departed runway 06. Satellite tracking detected the airplane only once, at 2137, when it was tracking 071 degrees just north east of the airport. No altitude information was received. Witnesses observed the airplane make a left run and disappear. When the airplane failed to arrive in ABQ and the pilot failed to check in with the company, an ALNOT was sent out by the ABQ automated flight service station (AFSS). The wreckage was located approximately 0500 the next morning.

On-scene examination revealed the fragmented wreckage was strewn 1,100 feet on a magnetic heading of 141 degrees. There was evidence of a flash fire. Both engines and both propeller assemblies were recovered and bore signatures consistent with operating and turning at impact.

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