New Information On AeroCare Incident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/2/09

New Information On AeroCare Incident

NewsChannel 11 has obtained offcial documents from the National Transportation Safety Board concerning AeroCare.  Thursday night we broke the story that AeroCare suffered a violent "yaw" or sudden misdirection on October 20th.   The pilot regained control and safely returned to Lubbock.

Related Story: Report States AeroCare Had Violent Yaw October 20th

Official documents tell us it was in the sky over Amherst.   AeroCare was in route to Clovis, presumably to pick up a patient for transport back to Lubbock.  Four people were on board and there were no injuries.

Because of an emergency airworthiness directive, AeroCare can still fly but only at speeds of less than 100 knots.  The manufacturer, MD Helicopter Inc., is asking F.A.A. approval to replace some parts that are suspected as being the problem.

Official F.A.A. documents show four such incidents are under investigation nationwide.  One of them was so violent it ripped off the door to the helicopter, but that was not the AeroCare incident. 

Document: Emergency Airworthiness Directive  (You will need Adobe Acrobat)

Document: NTSB Incident Report  (You will need Adobe Acrobat)

1/1/09
Report States AeroCare Had Violent Yaw October 20th
NewsChannel 11 has learned that the AeroCare emergency air ambulance had an emergency of its own back in October.

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