FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Philadelphia FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA253
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Monday, July 11, 2016 in Georgetown, DE
Aircraft: BELL 429, registration: N1SP
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 11, 2016, about 1850 eastern daylight time, a hoist system operator was fatally injured after a fall from a Bell 429 helicopter, N1SP, while performing external hoist operations in Georgetown, Delaware. The commercial pilot and two other crewmembers were not injured and the helicopter was not damaged. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local public-use flight operated by the Delaware State Police.
The purpose of the flight was for an emergency response team to complete recurrent rescue hoist training. The three-person team consisted of a rescue specialist, a system operator, and a safety officer. After the rescue specialist was lowered from the helicopter, the helicopter landed, and the rescue specialist would then reboard the helicopter.
The team members periodically rotated positions and duties, and a different team member would then be lowered as the rescue specialist. The security of each member's safety harness was checked before each takeoff.
The accident flight was the seventh iteration of the day, and the first flight where the fatally injured crewmember acted as the system operator. After the restraints were checked and verified secure, the helicopter lifted off the ground, moved to the practice area, and then the system operator requested and was granted permission to move to the helicopter skid. The system operator stepped onto the skid, and then fell from the helicopter.
The pilot landed the helicopter immediately and the rescue specialist and safety officer initiated patient care on the system operator.
The hook and restraint system were retained for further examination.
(Lewes, Del)- Tim McClanahan was returned home to Lewes during a fire engine procession. The procession began at "Blue Rocks" Stadium and worked its way down to Parsell Funeral Home.
Family and fellow firefighter came to see the homecoming. Like Chip Davis and he thinks "God bless Tim and his family and all the firefighters involved in this. It's unbelievable what they do. Our hearts go out to them."
There were eighty-two fire trucks in the procession, the same number as McClanahan station. Station eighty-two.
Glen Marshall is fire chief at the station and he says "We both loved being above the ground, doing tech rescue or high angle rescue. We both enjoyed that time frame."
Davis remembers "But all of the locals go up to Cape Henlopen State Park up by the Jetti on Sunday afternoon and enjoy each other brotherhood just like the firefighter enjoy their brotherhood."
There will be two viewings for Tim McClanahan. One of Saturday, July 16 from 6pm to 9pm at Parsell Funeral Home and the second at Cape High School Sunday, July 17 from 12-3 with the burial after the viewing.
Firefighters, EMS and paramedic personnel from around the state salute the body of volunteer firefighter Tim McClanahan as it arrives at the Medical Examiner's office.
The mother of the Lewes fireman killed this week during a training exercise is headed to the Medical Examiner's Office in Wilmington this (Wednesday) morning to bring her son Tim home to Lewes.
The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy of Tim McClanahan Tuesday; his official cause of death has yet been released.
Rita McClanahan posted on her Facebook page today (Wednesday) that there will be a formal procession back home consisting of over 50 fire trucks and many motorcycles.
Motorists are being advised along Route 1 that see the procession today (Wednesday), to pull over and give the family and Tim the respect they deserve.
Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium in Lewes is handling the arrangements for Tim's funeral; although arrangements have NOT yet been publicly announced.
Police identified the firefighter Tuesday morning as Tim McClanahan, 46, of Lewes.
The motorcade of the fallen firefighter travel on Route 113 near Milford as fire trucks from Carlisle and Harrington honor Tim McClanahan with a flag. Produced by Ryan Marshall
The incident occurred while a Delaware State Police aviation unit was conducting monthly "hoist training" with DART at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown Monday night.
"Two volunteer firemen, along with a pilot and a trooper medic, were on board the helicopter," said DSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz. "As McClanahan stepped out onto the skid, at an undetermined height, he fell to the grassy area below the helicopter. At that point, the helicopter immediately landed, and the trooper medic and volunteer firefighter on board immediately responded and began medical assistance.”
Other firefighters rushed to the scene and assisted, Bratz said. McClanahan was transported to Beebe Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead. No one else on the scene got medical attention.
The investigation is in the early stages, Bratz said, and the Federal Aviation Administration will receive assistance from state police.
"It is with deep, deep regret that the Officers and Members of the Lewes Fire Department announce the passing of one of our own earlier today. Further details on remembrance services are to follow," a post on the Lewes Fire Department's Facebook page read on Monday night.
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GEORGETOWN, Del. (WPVI) -- A volunteer firefighter has died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise in Georgetown, Delaware.
The Lewes Fire Department said longtime member Tim McClanahan, 46, died during a training exercise at the Delaware Air Rescue, which brings in volunteer firefighters from across the state.
The tragic incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Monday.
Officials say during the training exercise, a pilot and trooper medic were on board along with the two volunteer firefighters.
As McClanahan stepped out onto the skid of the helicopter, he fell from an undetermined height onto a grassy area below the aircraft.
At that point, the helicopter landed and the trooper medic and volunteer firefighter on board as well as nearby volunteer firefighters rushed over and immediately rendered medical assistance.
Sussex County Paramedics and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported McClanahan from Lewes to Beebe Healthcare where he was pronounced dead.
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