Preliminary Report: Ambulance flight crashes in mountains

 - October 10, 2007, 11:06 AM

BELL 407, BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEV., AUG. 21, 2004–At 11:58 p.m., an Access Air Ambulance Bell 407, N2YN, crashed in rugged mountainous terrain about 27 nm southwest of Battle Mountain. The ATP pilot, the two medical crewmembers, an infant patient and the patient’s mother were killed and the helicopter destroyed. The patient was being flown from Battle Mountain Hospital to Washoe Medical Center in Reno. Dark night VMC prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

Radar data showed the helicopter flying a route commonly used by the operator, which was based in Boise, Idaho. The helicopter hit on the eastern slope of the Tobin Range, coming to rest in an area surrounded by rock outcroppings on an upslope of about 60 degrees. The moon set in Battle Mountain at 10:38 p.m. and there was cloud cover in the area. Weather did not appear to be a factor in the crash.