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Hospital Chief: No Single-Engine Helicopters for EMS

By R&WI Staff | May 22, 2018
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Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Helicopter Memorial

Crew members from Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transportation pay tribute to their lost colleagues. Photo by Peter Vance, courtesy of Ascension Wisconsin

A chief flight physician of University of Wisconsin Health Med Flight in Madison believes single-engine helicopters, like the air medical one that crashed last month in the state, have no business operating for emergency medical service (EMS) missions.

The report quotes Dr. Michael Abernethy as saying twin-engine models, which describe both of the hospital's in-service helicopters, are safer in the event of an engine failure.


According to the NTSB, the Ascension Health Spirit Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2, crashed after completing a transport service of a patient. The NTSB said the engine was found on the ground and was separated from the fuselage.

Both the NTSB and the FAA are investigating.

Read more at Sawyer County Record.

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