The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hear from the full spectrum of personnel involved in emergency medical services using helicopters at a three-day public hearing planned for its headquarters in Washington, D.C., Feb. 3-5.
In 2006, the NTSB issued a special investigation report that found that more than half of all EMS accidents (41 helicopter and 14 airplane) in the previous three years could have been prevented if the recommendations in the report had been followed. There have been nine fatal accidents involving EMS helicopters in the past 11 months and 35 people have died.
“This is a drastic increase in accidents since the Special Investigation Report and therefore has prompted the NTSB to examine this issue in greater detail by holding this hearing,” the board said in a statement.
From News of the Force