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1 Helicopter Accidents in Mountain Rescue Operations Charley Shimanski Education Director - Mountain Rescue Association

2 The hardest day of my life.

3 That evening’s news…

4 KAMLER Dr. Ken Kamler 1996 Everest Expedition Doctor “Familiarization, and prolonged exposure without incident, leads to a loss of appreciation of risk”

5 H ELICOPTER A CCIDENTS IN M OUNTAIN R ESCUE O PERATIONS

6 PART I: Aviation Accidents

7 Rescue mountaineer s are more likely to be killed in an aviation accident than by ALL other means combined… Here’s how we deal with that risk…

8 Graph NPS Fatalities

9 Falling from the “Hell Hole” ACCIDENT PROFILES… January 7, 1975 – Seattle Mountain Rescue Council

10 Crash of “Angel 6” June 16, 1975 – Yosemite NP/Lemoore Naval Air Station

11 The “Personal Protective Equipment” debate… “The worst part about NOMEX is you can’t burn it when you’re done with it!”

12 “A ball of flame…”

13 And what good are helmets?

14 The engine ran for two more hours! January 2, 1978 – Great Smoky Mountains NP

15 “Cause of Crash: Downdrafts, updrafts, and local whirlwind” April 5, 1980 – Larimer County SAR Alpine Rescue Team/KUSA-TV

16 Another “Hell Hole” accident Summer, 1986 – Colorado Search and Rescue Board Training

17 Pendant close-up

18 Litter spin in El Paso December 9, 1989 – El Paso TX

19 An example of a litter spin during a short-haul operation…

20 An overgross miscalculation! June 25, 1994 – Rocky Mountain NP

21 The patient was not “life-or-death” June 26, 1994 – Gila County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department USAF 305 th - Davis Monthan Air Force Base June 26, 1994 – Gila County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department USAF 305 th - Davis Monthan Air Force Base

22 VIDEO

23 The terrain condition was a related factor July 9, 1994 – Mt. Huron, CO

24 That evening’s news…

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26 Worst short-haul accident in history July 21, 1995 – Koolau Mountains, Oahu, Hawaii Honolulu Fire Department

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28 Fog rolled in, visibility reduced, and the ceiling dropped September 12, 1997 Mt. Baldy/Olympic NP

29 Olympic pre-crash

30 Olympic post crash

31 Winter storm closes in on AirMed flight January 11, 1998 – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

32 That evening’s news

33 You Won’t Believe THIS One!!! September 10, Juneau Ice Fields, AK

34 Flat light led to loss of horizontal reference…

35 Finally, a helicopter that CAN rescue them…

36 Were any operational changes made by the helicopter tour operator since that accident?

37 The best RUBBERMAID ever!

38 “Insufficient power at that altitude” October 2, 1999 – Larimer County, CO

39 Are Short Hauls Dangerous?

40 VIDEO

41 “I won’t get in a helicopter without my helmet anymore!” Doug Fessler – Alaska Avalanche Center February 3, 2001 – Chugach Mtn. Range, AK

42 Repeater insert accident outside Yosemite Natl Park July 8, 2001 – Granite Dome (Tuolumne Cty Sheriff), CA Fallon Naval Air Station, NV July 8, 2001 – Granite Dome (Tuolumne Cty Sheriff), CA Fallon Naval Air Station, NV

43 Wider angle

44 Widest Angle

45 Crash and crash again… January 9, LaPlata County, CO

46 That evening’s news…

47 The most famous MRA rescue to date The most famous MRA rescue to date Mt. Hood - May 30, 2002

48 Litter raising

49 Pavehawk – right before crash

50 And then…

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52 Pavehawk after crash

53 Chinook carries away dead Pavehawk

54 A typical rescue by Alpine Rescue Team, caught on TV

55 “Any chance I get to turn down a helicopter ride, I take it!” Ralph Tingey National Park Service

56 Balloon Rescue

57 That evening’s news…

58 Check your harness, Check your knot, Check your BRAIN!

59 Just HOW BIG is the emergency???

60 Just because we did it ONCE…

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62 If something looks wrong, be assertive !!!

63 T HE E ND

64 Photo and Video Credits: James Balog “Blackhawk Down” Stephen Boyer, MD Denali National Park Alan “Ace” Erdahl Fallon Naval Air Station Charles “Butch” Farabee Doug Fessler Juneau Mountain Rescue KCNC-TV / Mike Silva Howard Paul Portland Mountain Rescue Riverside Mountain Rescue Rocky Mountain Rescue Group Charley Shimanski Tempco Helicopter Tours Bruce Tremper “Vertical Limit” United States Coast Guard DOI Office of Aircraft Services


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