Safety Board Targets Medical Helicopter Crashes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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A federal safety panel says aviation officials are not acting quickly enough on proposals to prevent crashes of emergency medical helicopters.

The five-member National Transportation Safety Board in January 2006 urged the Federal Aviation Administration to take steps to improve the safety of emergency medical helicopter flights.

The safety board wanted the FAA to improve procedures for medical helicopters, to evaluate flight risks, require onboard crash-warning technology and set policies for securing weather updates.

At a meeting Tuesday, the safety board acknowledged that the FAA is working on the proposals, but not quickly enough. Over the past 11 months, nine emergency medical helicopters have crashed, killing 35 people.

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