Geese Blamed for Fatal Helicopter Crash in Oklahoma

A tragic helicopter crash near Hydro, Oklahoma that claimed the lives of three men is now being investigated, and it appears that geese may have been the cause. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a preliminary report suggesting that the presence of geese in the vicinity of the crash site may have played a role in the accident.

The Bell 206L3 helicopter, carrying Pilot Russell Haslam, flight paramedic Steven Fitzgerald, and flight nurse Adam Tebben from Air Evac Lifeteam, crashed on January 20 while returning to base after completing a patient care transport in Oklahoma City. The three crew members tragically lost their lives in the crash.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, the NTSB’s preliminary findings indicate that the wreckage contained the carcasses of several geese. One goose was even found embedded in a flight control servo. Samples of the geese feathers have been collected for further identification and analysis.

Interestingly, a review of the US Air Force’s Avian Hazard Advisory System showed that the probability of bird activity in the accident area was rated as “low.” This raises questions about why geese may have been present in the vicinity at the time of the crash.

While it is too early to draw definitive conclusions, this new information adds an unexpected dimension to the investigation. The NTSB is continuing its work, and a full report is expected once the investigation is completed.

In the meantime, our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones who are grieving the loss of Pilot Russell Haslam, flight paramedic Steven Fitzgerald, and flight nurse Adam Tebben. Their dedication to their work and the tragic circumstances of their passing serve as a reminder of the risks that first responders and medical professionals face every day.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: What is the article about?
A: The article is about a helicopter crash in Oklahoma that claimed the lives of three individuals. The crash is being investigated, and it is suggested that geese may have played a role in the accident.

Q: Who were the individuals involved in the crash?
A: The helicopter was carrying Pilot Russell Haslam, flight paramedic Steven Fitzgerald, and flight nurse Adam Tebben from Air Evac Lifeteam. Unfortunately, all three crew members lost their lives in the crash.

Q: What does the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggest?
A: The preliminary report suggests that the presence of geese in the area may have contributed to the accident. The wreckage of the helicopter contained the carcasses of geese, and one goose was found embedded in a flight control servo.

Q: Has there been any analysis conducted on the geese feathers?
A: Yes, samples of geese feathers have been collected for further identification and analysis.

Q: What is the Avian Hazard Advisory System?
A: The Avian Hazard Advisory System is a system used by the US Air Force to assess the probability of bird activity in certain areas. It was found that the probability of bird activity in the accident area was rated as “low,” which raises questions about why geese were present at the crash site.

Q: What is the status of the investigation?
A: The investigation is still ongoing, and the NTSB is continuing its work. A full report is expected once the investigation is completed.

Definitions:

– National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): An independent U.S. federal agency that investigates transportation accidents and makes recommendations to improve safety.

– Bell 206L3: A model of helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter.

– Flight control servo: A component of aircraft control systems that operates critical flight control surfaces.

– Avian Hazard Advisory System: A system used by the US Air Force to assess the risk of bird activity near airfields and areas of potential danger.

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