Helicopter Air Ambulance Collision with Terrain, Survival Flight Inc., Bell 407 Helicopter, N191SF, near Zaleski, Ohio, January 29, 2019

​The National Transportation Safety Board held a board meeting on May 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the Jan. 29, 2019, crash in Zaleski, Ohio, of a Bell 407 helicopter operated as an air ambulance.

The helicopter, operated by Viking Aviation, LLC, and doing business as Survival Flight, was on a mission to pick up a patient when the crash occurred in deteriorating weather. All three occupants – the pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic – died in the accident.

In keeping with established Federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this investigation will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. No physical gathering for this board meeting is planned.

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members

WHAT:  A webcast, virtual board meeting

WHERE: http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT)

HOW: The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative or board members  A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/.

Related material: Preliminary accident report published Feb. 11, 2019: https://go.usa.gov/xvRzc



See the board meeting on NTSB's YouTube Channel



Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Investigator-in-Charge presentation  - Shaun Williams

Operations presentation - John Brannen

Human Performance presentation - Dr. Sathya Silva

Meteorology presentation - Paul Suffern

Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt



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