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NTSB SENDS GO TEAM TO INVESTIGATE MIDAIR COLLISION OF TWO EMS HELICOPTERS IN ARIZONA

June 30, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate yesterday's mid-air collision of two emergency medical service (EMS) helicopters in Flagstaff, Arizona.

At about 3:48 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on June 29, two Bell 407 EMS helicopters (N407GA operated by Air Methods, and N407MJ operated by Classic Helicopters) collided less than a mile from the Flagstaff Medical Center while both approached the hospital for landing. There are reports of 6 fatalities.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Aaron Sauer has been designated as Investigator-in-Charge and will lead a team of four investigators. NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation. Keith Holloway has accompanied the team as press officer, and three representatives of the Board's Transportation Disaster Assistance office are also accompanying the team.

Keith Holloway may be reached on his cell phone, 202- 557-1350, when he arrives in Flagstaff this morning.

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.