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Eurocopter AS350 B3, N544AM: Accident October 16, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona

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.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Air Methods Corporation

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA018
Date and Time: October 16, 2021, 13:00 Local
Registration: N544AM
Aircraft: Eurocopter AS 350 B3 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Medical emergency)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Eurocopter 
Registration: N544AM
Model/Series: AS 350 B3 Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: QMLA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDMA,2704 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:58 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Nogales, AZ (N/A)
Destination: Tucson, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.251697,-110.87932 (est)

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