Wichita’s EagleMed could lose its accreditation after it suffered its third accident in the past three years, the Sandy Springs, S.C.-based Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) notified the company on June 13. The most recent crash occurred June 11 near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Tulihina, Okla. A patient aboard the helicopter died after the accident, but details are still unclear as to whether the death was a direct result of the crash.
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited has installed night-vision goggles in Reach Air Medical Services’ Agusta A109, Bell 407 and BO 105 fleet. Chief pilot Vicky Spediacci said that Reach, based at Santa Rosa, Calif., put its crews through an FAA-approved structured and specific training program provided by the equipment supplier.
Helicopter operators flying air medical operations have always had a keen interest in safety, but a spike in accident and fatality statistics in the last five years has intensified concern throughout the industry. Representatives from a number of helicopter EMS task forces gathered in Dallas recently to discuss procedures for improving the safety of their operations.