Pilot dies in airplane crash in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1993 Oct; :1-3
A 33 year old male pilot died from injuries received when the air ambulance he was navigating crashed in a mountain range during a blizzard. The fixed-wing aircraft was approaching an airport in the central part of the state, some 8 1/2 miles beyond the crash site, transporting an emergency heart patient to a hospital in that area. The craft was being followed by radar and had begun its approach to the east-west runway when it disappeared and was reported missing. A search was begun, and the wreckage was located more than 13 hours later. Four people were on board; a pilot, a patient, a paramedic and a flight nurse. None of the passengers survived the crash. Search efforts were confounded by the disappearance of a second plane in the same storm. The second plane landed safely some 10 miles further from the airport due to engine trouble, and the survivors were found walking away from the disabled plane. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Review aircraft safety records prior to use in emergency situations. 2. Insure that operators have sufficient experience in the operation of the particular aircraft used in emergencies.
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Pilots; Flying; Air-transportation; Aircraft; Aircrews
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health