CareFlite Helicopter Crashes During Maintenance Check Kills Two


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CareFlite Helicopter Crashes During Maintenance Check Kills Two

By Bill Goldston

June 3, 2010 - A CareFlite Bell 222 medical helicopter departed from Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, Grand Prairie, Texas on Wednesday about 2:15 PM with its pilot and a mechanic for a post maintenance flight test when the Bell helicopter main rotor separated from the helicopter before the crash.

It has not been officially confirmed however it appears that the main rotor became detached from the helicopter while in flight and cut off the tail section of the helicopter before it crashed. It has been reported the helicopter was in maintenance on its main rotor.

The Bell 222 went down under clear shies near Midlothian about 25 miles southwest of Dallas near Highway 67 and Wyatt Road in a fenced in field. The helicopter burst into flames and was completely destroyed. Fire department personnel had to cut through the fence to get to the helicopter. “We immediately started to extinguish the fire, there were no survivors,” Deputy Fire Chief Dale McCaskill.

CareFlite is a Texas, nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from Texas Health Resources Methodist Health System, Baylor Health Care System, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and the JPS Health Network.


CareFlite and its Member Facilities are nonprofit entities committed to high-quality patient care and community service. CareFlite is the only, fully-integrated medical transport company serving North Texas.  Established in 1979, CareFlite is the eighth oldest air medical transportation service in the nation, and the second oldest in Texas. CareFlite began with one helicopter shared between Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital transporting about 20 patients each month.

In 1981, CareFlite began operating a ground ambulance division in Dallas to support the helicopters and to provide non-emergency transportation to patients in area hospitals. Today, CareFlite operates five helicopter bases throughout the Dallas, Fort Worth and Metroplex, Texas.

The Midlothian Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating this crash. (See Report NTSB held a public meeting to discuss medical helicopter safety regulations September 1, 2009)

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