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San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) tried to get a permit to build a helipad on the Main Building's roof, but gave up after enountering strong public opposition.  Now SFGH has built a new Trauma Center and is expected to renew the helipad request when that building is completed. 

Helicopters are extremely dangerous - See the list of recent US crashes on the right column.  We can not risk a crash in San Francisco.  SFGH predicts 3 landings and 3 departures everyday. 

San Francisco residents would not use the helipad
Helicopters would not be housed at SF General's helipad; they would be kept at the Concord heliport.  When 911 calls for a helicopter, it takes 5-10 minutes to assemble the crew, warm-up engines, take off from Concord; then there's 15-18 minutes air-travel time to San Francisco.  So it would take at least 30 minutes for a helicopter to arrive at any SF trauma site.  Therefore, ground ambulance, with average response time under 8 minutes, will continue to provide service to San Francisco residents in need of emergency transport.   

WHICH PATIENTS WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE HELIPAD?
According to the Hospital, the proposed SFGH helipad would primarily be used as a medical transportation hub for stabilized patients, who transfer from other California county trauma centers to SFGH and other San Francisco hospitals.  Many of these patients currently use the SFO airport and should continue to do so.

helipad at SF General would not save additional lives
Only 8% of the predicted 700 flights each year would be rescues from an injury site: i.e., recreational or highway accidents.   These 53 predicted rescues per year are already flown
to other Bay Area Trauma Centers with helipads, which are often closer to the rescue scene, and ALL are far less crowded than San Francisco General.  

San Francisco General is FULL!
SFGH is San Francisco's only Trauma Center and the only County Hospital.  Due to constant over-crowding, it's on full ambulance diversion over 20 % of the time.  So, when local residents (whose tax dollars support SF General), have a medical emergency, there's a one-in-five likelihood that SFGH will be too full to accept them, which begs the question:

WHY does SFGH want PATIENTS FROM OTHER COUNTIES?
Because helicopter transport is so expensive, ($35,000 per helicopter flight), it is only available to insured, or high-income patients.  SFGH hopes that a helipad will attract at least 400 affluent patients per year.  These patients, who come from California counties as far away as Lake Tahoe, or the Oregon border, are currently flying to excellent Trauma Centers in Palo Alto, Sacramento, San Jose and Oakland.  If these insured patients came to SFGH, their insurance would pay for their treatment in our hospital.  The SFGH Feasibility Study cheered this "increased downstream revenue", (as we all would, if there were empty beds to fill at our hospital.)  But with a 20% diversion rate, a flood of additional out-of-county patients would further reduce emergency  hospital care for SF residents.

SERVING OTHER COUNTIES is beyond the SFGH mission
SFGH's mission,
is to serve SF's 1.5 million residents and visitors, particularly low-income and uninsured residents, who must pay for emergency service if treated at any other hospital.  SFGH revenue should NOT depend upon wealthy patients from surrounding counties, at the cost of reduced emergency services for San Franciscans. 
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In the News: Read the Wall Street Journal article on 'Emergency Medical Helicopters Overuse'.

"Unfortunately, the city of San Francisco has had a history of tragedy in and around the use of helicopters"

(Then Supervisor) Tom Ammiano
following a 2nd fatal SF Police helicopter crash
1/14/2000
 

Johns Hopkins Study Determines:
Darkness More than Triples EMS Helicopter Crash Fatality Risk:

http://www.alea.org/public/safety/files/2006_EMS_Accident_Study.pdf

Forty percent of predicted SFGH helicopter landings/takeoffs would occur in the much more dangerous dark hours - between 9 pm - 7am.

 

Helicopter travel fatalities: 85 times greater than cars
Or 27 times more likely to be fatal than ground travel, depending upon which statistic are compared.  http://www.slate.com/id/2296195/
Compare TIME spent in travel: helicopters are 85 times more likely to be fatal.  Compare MILES traveled: helicopters are 27 times more likely to be fatal.

But there's no doubt that the most dangerous helicopter flight is that of the
Emergency Medical Helicopter Service (EMS) with the highest crash rate of the aviation industry:
http://www.alea.org/public/airbeat/back_issues/mar_apr_2006/2006_EMS_Accident_Study.pdf

Click images below for Medevac fatality info:

            

 

2014:  21 killed (so far) in 12 FATAL US helicopter crashes 3 of those died in 2 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

 
July 17, 2014 - Newkirk, NM - Medical Helicopter crash - 3 dead: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5cf7c04cae27499090abb5e937f14af1/US--Helicopter-Crash

June 11, 2014 - Terrebonne, LA - helicopter crashes on route to oil rig - 2 dead:

May 23, 2014 -  Santa Paula, CA - helicopter hits power lines, 1 killed: 

 
May 18, 2014 - Grand Canyon West Airport, AZ. - pilot dies - 1 killed:   http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/fire-rescue/pilot-killed-helicopter-crash-sunday-grand-canyon

May 3, 2014
- Fort Bliss, TX - Helicopter crash - 3 injured, 1 dead: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/05/3837900/army-identifies-trooper-killed.html

April 13, 2014 - Reno, NV - Crash kills pilot at airport - 1 dead: http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Helicopter-Crash-Leaves-One-Dead-At-Reno-Stead-Airport-255090661.html

April 9, 2014 - Albuquerque, NM. - Medical Helicopter crashes onto Hospital Roof, 1 injured: http://krqe.com/2014/04/25/unm-hospital-releases-video-of-helicopter-crash/

 

Mar. 18, 2014
- Seattle, WA.  - News chopper crashes in central Seattle, near Space Needle, hits 3 cars - 2 dead, 1 injured:
Feb. 8, 2014 - Panacea, FL - 2 killed, 1 injured:  http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Helicopter-Crashes-In-Panacea-244571361.html

Jan. 20, 2014: Silt, CO. -  3 killed:

Jan. 15, 2014, Savanna, GA. - 2 injured, 1 killed:

Jan. 8, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA. - oil transport crash - 2 killed:
http://wtkr.com/2014/01/08/breaking-military-helicopter-crash-off-virginia-beach-coast/

2013:  57 killed in 29 FATAL US  crashes
     
16 of those died in 9 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

Nov. 9, 2013 - Shreveport, LA. - Medical Helicopter Crash - 3 injured:
http://www.ksla.com/story/23924963/helicopter-crash-near-downtown-airport

Oct. 22, 2013 -Fayette, TN. - Medical Helicopter Crash - 3 killed:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/22/medical-helicopter-crashes-west-tennessee/

Oct 9, 2013, Venice, LA. - oil rig transport helicopter crash injures 3, 1 killed:
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2013/10/one-dead-in-gulf-helicopter-crash.html

Oct. 5, 2013, Paducah, TX., crash kills pilot: 1 killed:
http://www.kpho.com/story/23493730/scottsdale-woman-one-of-those-killed-in-helicopter-crash

Sept. 21, 2013, Cordes Junction, AZ - 2 killed:
http://www.kpho.com/story/23493730/scottsdale-woman-one-of-those-killed-in-helicopter-crash

Sept. 21, 2013, Madison County, Miss.- 4 survive Medical Helicopter crash:
http://www.wjtv.com/story/23490289/medical-helicopter-crash-lands-in-madison-county

Aug. 31, 2013, Scappoose, OR. - 2 killed: http://www.kptv.com/story/23310865/deadly-helicopter-crash-in-scappose-under-investigation

Aug. 31, 2013, Truth or Consequences, NM - 3 killed:
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3145611.shtml?cat=504

Aug. 8, 2013 - Fort Benning, GA., - 2 killed:
http://www.gpb.org/news/2013/08/03/lawsuit-filed-over-deadly-fort-benning-crash

 July 27, 2013 - Noxen, PA., - Crash kills 5
 
http://www.newsmax.com/thewire/helicopter-crash-pennsylvania-kills/2013/07/29/id/517618

July 16, 2013, Dolores county, CO., - helicopter crash kills 2
http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20130716/NEWS01/130719897/Pilot-dies-in-helicopter-crash-

June. 25, 2013, Casa Grande, AZ - 3 Killed:

June 19, 2013 - Maplewood, MN., - helicopter crash into garage. 1 killed:
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_23492173/helicopter-crashes-near-maplewood-nature-center

June 11, 2013 - Talihina, OK.- Medical Helicopter crash1 killed, 2 severely injured:

 
June 6, 2013 - Clay County, KY., - Medical Helicopter crash, 3 killed:
"There have been 32 crashes in the U.S. involving Bell 206 helicopters since June 2011".
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May 31, 2013 - Ontario, Canada - Medical Helicopter crash kills all 4 on board:
May 24, 2013 - Hickory County, MO.  - Lucas Oil chopper crash - 2 killed::
April 27, 2013 - Shepherd, Montana. - helicopter crashes, pilot killed - 1 killed:
April 3, 2013 - Miami, FL. - helicopter crashes into parking lot - 2 killed:
March 30, 2013 - Talkeetna, Alaska - rescue helicopter crashes - 3 killed:
March 26, 2013 - Stephens County, TX.  -  1 killed, 1 injured:
March 15, 2013 - Cameron Parish, LA. - 3 killed:

Feb 22, 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK.,  Medical Helicopter crash - 2 killed, 1 injured: http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x1503757491/Two-killed-in-helicopter-crash

Feb. 10, 2013 - Acton, CA. filming helicopter crash -  3 killed: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/helicopter-crash-kills-3-tv-crew-members

Jan. 2, 2013 - Ventura, Iowa.  Medical Helicopter crash - 3 killed:

Jan. 2, 2013 - Seminole, OK.  Medical Helicopter crash - 4 injured:

Jan. 2, 2013 - McFarland, CA. 1 killed:

http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Update-Pilot-dies-after-helicopter-crash/2nwy-Wufu0GWJh-JoA_peQ.cspx

2012:  50 killed in 26 FATAL US  crashes
     
6 of those died in 2 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

Dec. 10, 2012 - Compton, Ill., Medical Helicopter crash, 3 killed:

Dec. 1, 2012, Walkerville, MI.  1 injured, 1 killed:
Nov. 30, 2012, Apollo Beach, FL.  1 killed:
Nov. 27, 2012, Childress, TX., power loss, helicopter falls, 1 dead, 1 injured:
Nov. 25, 2012, Corona, CA. helicopter explosion - 1 killed:
Nov. 15, 2012, Corning, NY., 2 killed: 
Nov. 3, 2012, Atlanta, GA., police helicopter crashes, Downtown Atlanta, 2 killed:
Oct. 17, 2012, Tinicum, PA., 1 killed:
Oct. 11, 2012, Kendall County, TX, 3 killed:
Oct. 10, 2012, Lyons Point, TX., 1 killed:

Oct. 9, 2012, Coolbaugh, PA., 2 killed, 1 injured:

Oct. 5, 2012, Vermilion Parish, LA., - 1 killed http://www.knoe.com/story/19755174/chopper-crash-kills-one
Sept. 30, 2012, Eastland, TX.,  Medical Helicopter crash, - 3 injured:
Sept. 15, 2012 - West Windsor, NJ - 1 killed
Sept. 10, 2012 - Harris County, TX - 2 killed:
Sept. 1, 2012 - McVeytown, PA - 1 killed:
Aug. 25, 2012, South Holston Lake, VA. 1 killed:
Aug 7, 2012   Delta Junction, Alaska  1 killed:
July 9, 2012,  Riverside County, CA, 1 killed, 1 injured:

June 30, 2012, Camp Verde, AZ.., 4 killed:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/helicopter-crash-reported-in-remote-region-of-arizona-4-people-believed-to-have-been-onboard/2012/07/01/gJQAc6qqGW_story.html

June 12, 2012, East Wenatchee, WA., 1 killed, 1 severely injured:
http://seguingazette.com/news/article_307e75ec-b5b5-11e1-9d53-0019bb2963f4.html

May 28, 2012, Gulf of Mexico, Coast Guard Helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/28/body-pilot-whose-helicopter-crashed-in-gulf-mexico-is-recovered/

Feb. 28, 2012, Point Clear, Ala.  Coast Guard chopper crash - 4 killed:
http://blog.al.com/live/2012/03/coast_guard_helicopter_crash_c.html

Feb. 22, 2012, Camp Pendleton, CA. Two Marine Helicopters collide - 7 killed:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/02/report-7-marines-die-in-arizona-helicopter-crash/1#.T_IAA5G_7y9

Feb. 15, 2012, ,Togwotee Pass, WY., 2 killed, 2 hurt:
http://www.inquisitr.com/195361/wyoming-helicopter-crash-2012-teton-county-search-and-rescue/

Jan 19, 2012, Morgan City, LA, 2 killed:
http://www.wwltv.com/news/Two-dead-in-St-Mary-helicopter-crash-137746868.html

2011:  54 killed in 23 FATAL US crashes
     
15 of those died in 4 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

Dec. 26, 2011,Palatka, FL., Medical Helicopter crash, 3 killed:
http://www.claytodayonline.com/index.php/component/k2/item/253-ntsb-report-finds-helicopter-hit-trees-during-descent

Dec. 12, 2011, Tacoma, WA., 2 helicopters collide, 4 killed:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16155159

Dec. 7, 2011, Lake Mead, NV., crash into mountain, 5 killed:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/09/couple-killed-in-helicopter-crash-were-celebrating/ 

Nov. 24, 2011, Ten Mile Lake, MN., 1 killed:
http://www.startribune.com/local/134534023.html

Nov. 10, 2011, Moloka'i, HI., 5 killed:
http://www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/508992/Helicopter-crash-on-Moloka-i-kills-five.html?nav=17

Oct. 29, 2011, Iliamna, AK., 1 killed:
http://www.ktuu.com/news/helicopter-pilot-seemed-rushed-before-iliamna-crash-ntsb-says-110511,0,4075652.story

Oct. 4, 2011, New York, NY  East River crash - 2 injured, 3 killed:

Oct. 1, 2011,  Philip, SD.  Helicopter crash in pasture, 1 killed:
http://www.helihub.com/2011/10/01/01-oct-11-n266cy-robinson-r66-philip-us-south-dakota-1f/

Sept. 19, 2011, Camp Pendleton, CA. Helicopter crash sparks wildfire, 2 killed:
http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2011/09/21/helicopter-crash-at-camp-pendleton-kills-2-marines-sparks-wildfire_201109218629.html

Aug 26, 2011, Kansas City, MO.   Medical Helicopter crash, 4 killed:
http://stjoechannel.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=221227

Aug 4, 2011, Lumpkin, GA.,  2 killed:
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/ntsb-jupiter-businessman-was-not-qualified-to-fly-2159274.html 

July 9, 2011, Rising Sun, Indiana,  1 killed:
http://www.lex18.com/news/investigation-continues-into-helicopter-crash-that-killed-a-kentucky-man

July 9, 2011, Claiborne County, TN.  2 killed:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/07/ap-2-tennessee-guard-pilots-killed-in-helicopter-crash-071011/

July 6, 2011, Camp Pendleton, CA.  1 killed, 5 injured
http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/1-dead-5-hurt-in-calif-military-helicopter-crash-1.3009686

May. 27, 2011, Weaverville, CA.  1 killed:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/01/state/n125315D35.DTL

May. 12, 2011, New Athens, Ark.  equipment failure caused crash, 1 killed:
http://www.bnd.com/2011/05/13/1706992/pilot-dead-in-helicopter-crash.html-

May 3, 2011, Aurora, Illinois,  Medical Helicopter crash, 4 killed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEuFqBZM9KU

May 1, 2011, , MD,  Medical Helicopter crash, 4 killed, 1 injured
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQvSf83ivXw

April 30, 2011, Indiana, PA. 3 injured, 1 killed:
http://www.tbnewswatch.com/news/147168/Helicopter-crash-victim-dies-in-Pennsylvania

April. 29, 2011, Monroeville, LA.  helicopter crash, 1 killed, 1 uninjured:
http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/apache-helicopter-crash-near-monroeville/1206508/Apr-28-2011_4-24-pm/

Mar. 29, 2011, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii,  helicopter crash, 1 killed, 3 injured:
http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/UPDATE-Mechanicsburg-native-Marine-killed-in/wqDtb1q8Y0mvsIzNS3RSxw.cspx

Jan. 31, 2011, Tucson, Ariz.  helicopter crash, 1 killed, 3 critical:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41356618/ns/us_news/

2010:  47 killed in 24 FATAL US crashes 
     16 of those died in 6 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

Dec. 19, 2010, LaMonte MO. Medical Helicopter crash, 3 injured:
http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=556795

Nov. 14, 2010, Garza County, TX.  helicopter crash, 1 killed, 1 critical:
http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2010/11/16/1-killed-1-critically-injured-near-post_201011166091.html

Nov. 2, 2010, Meeker, Co.  helicopter crash, 1 killed, 1 seriously injured:
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=161607&provider=top&catid=188

Oct. 30, 2010, Tucker County, WV. helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=88665

Oct. 15, 2010, Clarkson Valley, MO. helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_7a6efe7d-a7ed-58ad-ba9c-e1d599d3f89a.html

Sept. 25, 2010, Waller County, TX. helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.kbtx.com/news/headlines/103795144.html

Sept. 2, 2010, Kamiah, Idaho. helicopter crash, 3 killed:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/outposts/2010/09/helicopter-crash-kills-pilot-two-idaho-fish-and-game-biologists.html

*Aug. 31, 2010, Scotland, Ark. Medical Helicopter fatal crash, 3 killed:
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&fb=1&l=en&oc=dndoan8&s=dhs&vw=icon

Aug 4, 2010, Lumpkin GA. helicopter crash, 2 killed:
http://www.ajc.com/news/2-dead-in-georgia-585192.html

*July 28, 2010, Tucson, AZ. Medical Helicopter fatal crash, 3 killed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/29brfs-HELICOPTERCR_BRF.html

*July 23, 2010, Oklahoma City, OK. Medical Helicopter fatal crash, 2 killed:
http://www.koco.com/r/24631844/detail.html

July 16, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT helicopter crash, 1 killed, 3 injured:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=11599652

July 7, 2010, Seattle, WA  helicopter hits power lines, 3 killed, 1 injured:
http://news.opb.org/article/8317-coast-guard-identifies-helicopter-crash-victims/

July 5, 2010, Marion, KY helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=12757727

July 5, 2010, Titusville, FL helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100705/NEWS01/7040341/1006/news01/Pilot+dies+in+Titusville+helicopter+crash+|+VIDEO

June 19, 2010, Umnak Island, ALaska helicopter crash, 1 killed:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009480/Fatal-helicopter-crash-caused-battle-bull-ensnared-choppers-landing-skid.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

June 16, 2010, Donnelly, ID helicopter crash unknown cause, 1 killed:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/06/17/1235319/pilot-killed-in-helicopter-crash.html

*June 2, 2010, Midlothian, TX. Medical Helicopter fatal crash, 2 killed:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/01/24/3684883/faulty-bolt-cited-as-likely-cause.htmll

May 26, 2010, Boxborough, MA.  1 injured, 1 killed:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/05/28/helicopter_check_flight_crash_kills_instructor_injures_trainee/

May 4, 2010, Eastover, SC  helicopter flip-over, 1 killed, 1 injured:
http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2010/05/05/eastover-sc-helicopter-accident-sc-national-guard-soldier-killed-in-crash_201005054243.html

*Mar 25, 2010, Brownsville, TN. Medical Helicopter crash/burn, 3 killed:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/25/dead-medical-helicopter-crash-tennessee/?test=latestnews

Mar 8, 2010, La Salle, TX  helicopter crash in field, 2 killed:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D9EAGRDO3.html

Feb 14, 2010, Cave Creek, AZ. helicopter explodes on impact, 5 killed:
http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2010/02/17/update-5-reported-dead-phoenix-helicopter-crash_201002173368.html

*Feb 5, 2010, El Paso, TX. Medical Helicopter crashes, 3 killed:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6854772.html

Jan 5, 2010, Madera, CA. helicopter hits power lines, 4 killed:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-helicopter6-2010jan06,0,4669218.story

2009: 73 Killed in 30 U.S. FATAL US helicopter crashes
     10 of those died in 4 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

*Nov 14, 2009, Reno, NV. Medical Helicopter crashes, 3 killed:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33930774/ns/us_news-life/

Nov 7, 2009, Adelanto, CA. helicopter hits power lines, 3 killed:
http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_13737828?nclick_check=1

*Nov 4, 2009, San Carlos, AZ. Medical Helicopter crashes, 2 seriously injured:
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/local/medical_helicopter_crash_11_04_2009

Oct. 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA. plane and helicopter crash, 9 killed:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nation/calif-searchers-scour-seas-2-days-after-air-crash-68165062.html

Oct. 16, 2009, Tahlequah, OK. 2 killed:
http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/local/local_story_292100047.html

Oct. 12, 2009, Fossil, Ore. 1 killed:
http://kdrv.com/page/144838

*Sept 26, 2009, Georgetown, SC. Medical Helicopter crashes, 3 killed:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-09-26-med-evac-crash_N.htm

Sept. 20, 2009, Forest Grove, Ore.  2 killed, wreckage engulfed in flames:
http://salem-news.com/articles/september202009/helo_fire_9-20-09.php

Sept. 1, 2009, Jackson, Miss.  1 killed, 1 seriously injured:
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090902/NEWS/909020373/1001/news

Aug 19, 2009, Leadville, Colo.  4 killed:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/2-Dead-in-Military-Helicopter-Crash.html

Aug. 8, 2009, New York City, NY 9  killed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/continuous/09crash.html

July 23, 2009, Smithburg, MD.  4 killed:
http://www.citrusdaily.com/four-dead-md-helicopter-crash/2009/07/24/8752.html

July 23, 2009, Wharton, PA.  1 killed:
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/fayette/20142702/detail.html

July 23, 2009, Leadville, Colo.  4 killed:
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=93135

June 22, 2009, Hartford, Alabama.  1 killed:
http://www.wtvynews4.com/news/headlines/48817547.html

June 16, 2009, Santa Fe, NM.  2 killed:
http://www.student-ready.net/helicopter-pilot-student-found-dead-after-new-mexico-crash-cnn/3727/

June 11, 2009, Lake Pleasant, AZ.  1 killed:
http://www.azfamily.com/yahoo_rss/stories/peoria-news-061109-aircraft-down.6e2f80f5.html

*June 9, 2009, Santa Fe, NM. Medical helicopter crashes  2 killed:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/06/police-pilot-hiker-dead-in-nm-copter-crash.html

May 27, 2009, Wahiawa, HI.  2 killed:
 
http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/17835/76/

May 22, 2009, Black Canyon City, AZ.  2 killed:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/05/27/20090527gl-peovictims0527-ON.html

May 19, 2009, San Diego, CA. 5 killed:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/2-Dead-in-Military-Helicopter-Crash.html

May. 5, 2009, San Diego, CA.  2 killed, 2 acres burn at crash site:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/2-Dead-in-Military-Helicopter-Crash.html

Mar. 8, 2009, Moundridge, KS.  1 killed
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29585571/

Mar. 5, 2009, Gainsville, FL, Duck hits Medical Helicopter windshield
http://www.fixmywindshield.com/articles/?p=92

Feb 24, 2009, Noyock, NC.  1 killed, 1 injured
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g9yk6DWAvmF7V6INas6AcgK9AnNAD96I6GI82

Jan. 31, 2009, Piru, CA.  1 killed,
http://www.modbee.com/state_wire/story/584583.html

Jan. 22, 2009, Union County, NC.  1 killed,
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9715112

Jan. 17, 2009, Corpus Christi, TX.  3 killed, 1 injured
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january172008/navy_helo_crash_011708.php

Jan. 13, 2009, College Station, TX.  2 killed, 4 injured
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6212760.html

Jan. 4, 2009, Bayou Penchant, LA.  8 killed, 1 injured
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hBrZs5RX1V03FORB707B-9QU03VgD95GNMQ80

2008:  85 killed in 34  FATAL US Helicopter Crashes
     29 of those died in 12 MEDICAL Helicopter crashes

Dec. 17, 2008, Santa Clarita, CA- wind flips helicopter, 1 killed
http://www.pe.com/ap_news/California/CA_Helicopter_Accident_374975C.shtml

Dec. 11, 2008, Sabine Pass, TX - helicopter crashes in Gulf, 5 killed
http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000014191

Nov. 16, 2008, Quitman, AR - game warden helicopter crashes, 1 killed
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHSFSELZsHrhlQmdgmDAB47mVH-gD94GI9JO1

Nov. 2, 2008, Gallatin, TN - private helicopter crashes, 1 killed
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20081104X60811&key=1

Oct. 16, 2008, Dryden, NY - private helicopter crashes, 1 killed
http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081019/NEWS01/810190366/1006

*Oct. 15, 2008, Aurora, Il - Medical helicopter crashes, 4 killed
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ghsV51YkjN3SlbMyaqikpnzoK5kgD93RG8R81

Oct. 13, 2008, Sedona, AZ- Medical helicopter accident, 1 killed
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6055595.html

Oct. 13, 2008, Conroe, TX - News helicopter crashes, 2 killed
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6055595.html

*Sept. 27, 2008, District Heights, MD - Medical helicopter crashes, 4 killed
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Helicopter-Crash.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Sept. 21, 2008, Kenosha, WI - Helicopter crashes into home, 2 killed
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-kenosha-crash-22-sep22,0,2704368.story

Sept. 5, 2008, Oahu, HI - Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin (MEDEVAC-type) crashes into ocean, 4 killed
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080905/BREAKING01/309050013/-1/LOCALNEWSFRONT

*August 31, 2008, Greensburg, IN - Medical helicopter explodes on impact in corn field, 3 killed
http://www.wthr.com/global/story.asp?s=8929539

August 29, 2008, Ridgedale, MO - crash in remote wooded area, 2 killed
http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/775765.html

August 29, 2008, Taney, AR - 2 killed
http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880829039

August 17, 2008, Olalla, WA - 1 killed, apparent power loss.
http://www.gateline.com/104/story/2150.html

August 5, 2008, Weaverville, CA - 9 killed, 4 seriously injured, unexplained main rotor power failure on takeoff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/22/us/22brfs-005.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

July 19, 2008, Price, UT - 3 killed
http://www.localnews8.com/Global/story.asp?S=8705257

July 15, 2008, Salesville, ARK - 2 killed, helicopter hits power lines
http://www.ky3.com/news/local/25465364.html

July 4, 2008, Sunol, CA - 2 killed, helicopter hits power lines
 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/04/BA3N11K66A.DTL&tsp=1

*June 29, 2008, Flagstaff, AZ -  medical helicopters collide, 3 killed, 3 injured http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080715X01051&key=1

*June 29, 2008, Flagstaff, AZ -  medical helicopters collide, 4 killed, 3 injured http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080715X01051&key=1 

*June 27, 2008, Ash Fork, AZ - Medical helicopter crashes, 3 injured http://www.abc15.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=a3b8a1b8-5f07-4f6f-ab09-56e9ff29e446

*June 8, 2008, Huntsville, TX - Medical helicopter crashes, 4 killed http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080613X00858&key=1

*May 30, 2008, Pottsville, PA - Medical helicopter crashes, 2 injured http://www.wnep.com/Global/story.asp?S=8405109&nav=5juw

*May 29, 2008, Grand Rapids, MI - Medical helicopter crashes on hospital roof : http://www.wwmt.com/articles/pilot_1349917___article.html/crash_helipad.html

May 25, 2008, Sunrise Beach, MO, 1 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080529X00752&key=1

May 24, 2008, Catalina, CA, 3 killed, 3 injured:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080529X00746&key=1

May 15, 2008, Comstock, MI, 1 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080527X00729&key=1

*May 10, 2008, LaCrosse WI, Medical helicopter crashes, 3 killed,
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hlggrhdigQlDQmaZeT8nBAUWr7RQD90JQNUG0

April 28, 2008, Bartlet, TX, 1 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080505X00592&key=1

April 18, 2008, Fairmont, WV, 1 killed:
http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=37489

April 15, 2008, Chickaloon, Alaska, 4 killed, 1 injured:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080421X00524&key=1

March 13, 2008, Wilmington, NC, 1 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080321X00357&key=1

*Feb 5, 2008, South Padre, TX, Medical helicopter crashes, 3 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080222X00227&key=1

Jan 25, 2008, Los Angeles , CA, 1 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080201X00130&key=1

Jan 22, 2008, Collier County , FL, 2 killed:
http://ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20080128X00108&key=1

Jan 16, 2008, Nueces County , TX, 3 killed:
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january172008/navy_helo_crash_011708.php

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