Essay about Helicopter Crashed During A Search And Rescue Mission

2289 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
March 30, 2013 a Eurocopeter AS350 B3 helicopter crashed during a search and rescue mission (SAR) (NTSB 911AA Eurocopter, 2014). Earlier that day a person wrecked on a snowmobile near Talkeetna, and called the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS). The dispatcher who received the call tried to set up a local land rescue. However, no local troopers were on duty, and no locals with SAR experience were willing to take the mission due to the deteriorating weather conditions. Once the efforts to coordinate a land rescue fell through the dispatcher contacted Alaska State Trooper SAR coordinator. Together they agreed to arrange an air SAR using the Alaska DPS SAR helicopter to retrieve the injured snowmobile rider (NTSB 911AA Eurocopter, 2014). The SAR coordinator contacted the piolet for DPS about 2019. The piolet elected to check the weather prior to accepting the mission. After determining the weather was good and notifying the coordinator he would accept the mission the piolet went to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Anchorage, Alaska (NTSB 911AA Eurocopter, 2014). At approximately 2100 the helicopter was towed of the hanger and the piolet completed the preflight checks and started the rotors. The airport crew who assisted the piolet with helicopter estimated the piolet took off about 15 minutes after the helicopter was pulled out of the hanger (NTSB 911AA Eurocopter, 2014). The piolet radioed dispatch at 2117 that he had departed and was…

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