Friday, July 06, 2018

Beech B200GT Super King Air, N902SH, owned and operated by the Sanford Medical Center dba Sanford AirMed: Accident occurred June 29, 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Accident Number: CEN18LA252
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 1616 CDT
Registration: N902SH
Aircraft: Beech B200GT
Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Discretionary) 

On June 29, 2018, about 1616 central daylight time, a Beech B200GT airplane, N902SH, experienced a turbulence event that resulted in a serious injury to a medical crewmember while in cruise flight near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The pilot, copilot, two medical crewmembers, and one patient were not injured. There was no damage to the airplane. The airplane was owned and operated by the Sanford Medical Center dba Sanford AirMed under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an air medical flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was on an instrument flight plan. The airplane departed the Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR) about 1559 and was en route to FSD at the time of the occurrence.

The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight at 17,000 ft above mean sea level when the airplane experienced one severe "bump." A flight nurse hit her head on the ceiling while having a seat belt on. The flight nurse was admitted into a hospital for 48 hours for observation.

At 1556, the surface weather observation at FSD was wind 210° at 16 kts with gusts to 25 kts; 10 miles visibility; few clouds at 6,000 ft; temperature 32° C; dew point 23° C; altimeter 29.63 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N902SH
Model/Series: B200GT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Sanford AirMed
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FSD
Observation Time: 1556 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 31 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.63 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Aberdeen, SD (ABR)
Destination: Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None
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