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Duke Life Flight Suffered Engine Failure, Post-Crash Fire

Engine failure took down the Duke Life Flight helicopter earlier this month that killed all four people on board, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report says. One of the two engines “exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication” and “exhibited rotational nonuniform damage,” the report said. Investigators also found the engine’s bearing roller pins were worn down. Witnesses told NTSB investigators they saw dark smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was still in the air. One witness reported hearing a “popping noise” before it turned left, then right and began to descend. The witness said ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Florida heart transplant flight crash kills three

A medical transport flight carrying a donor heart to a recipient in Jacksonville, Florida, crashed into a wooded area of north Florida around 6:00 Monday morning, killing the pilot, a heart surgeon, and an organ procurement technician. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators continue to probe the crash, which occurred in a densely wooded and remote area of Florida about 45 miles northeast of Gainesville.  The Bell 206 helicopter was en route to Shands’ LifeQuest Organ Recovery Service at the University of Florida in Gainesville to pick up a donor heart when it crashed. Although no flight plan was filed, ... Read More