Thursday, August 30, 2007
In-flight emergency forces helicopter landing
By BARRY BURLESON
An air ambulance helicopter made an emergency landing without incident last week at the Marshall County Airport.
Hugh Hollowell, emergency management coordinator, said the MedFlight helicopter from Huntsville, Ala., had an in-flight emergency while transporting a patient from Alabama to Memphis.
“Smoke and the smell of possible electrical burning was present in the cockpit,” Hollowell said. “The problem was lessened when the pilot cut off the air conditioning.”
The pilot contacted Memphis Flight Center and was advised the nearest airport was Holly Springs. He was about a mile away. Hollowell said he landed without incident under full power but could not contact the Memphis Flight Center by radio after he landed.
The Memphis Flight Center in turn contacted Marshall County E-911, stating the helicopter was making an emergency landing and it had lost contact.
The Holly Springs Fire Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the scene at 6:37 a.m. on August 22, as well as Emergystat ambulance and emergency management.
Hollowell said upon his arrival at the airport, Emergystat had transported the patient and the flight nurse to Memphis.
There were no additional problems, no injuries and no damage to the helicopter, according to Hollowell’s report.
The pilot waited at Jewell Aircraft, he said, for MedFlight representatives to arrive from Alabama.
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