Preliminary Report: Air ambulance crashes on positioning flight

 - January 31, 2007, 10:40 AM

Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Rawlins, Wyo., Jan. 11, 2005–Cleared for the VOR/GPS Runway 22 approach to Rawlins Municipal Airport (RWL), King Air N41WE crashed and was destroyed. The ATP pilot and two medics were killed and one medic was seriously injured.

The Mountain Flight Service air ambulance repositioning flight was on an IFR flight plan in night IMC, en route from Steamboat Springs, Colo. ATC lost radar contact with the airplane at 9,200 feet msl in the middle of the procedure turn for the approach. It was found approximately three miles northeast of RWL in mountainous terrain the next afternoon.

Visibility was two miles in light snow, with a few clouds at 500 feet agl and scattered clouds at 900. Temperature and dew point were 32 degrees F. Several witnesses reported conditions varying from light snow to freezing rain.™