When will this End? Another HEMS Crash

I have taken an unplanned hiatus from here for a number of reasons. All personal, but some work related. Some because I have good things happening in my airway, breathing and circulation life, but mostly because I just couldn’t find the energy or inspiration to write. Other events were taking that energy which I normally save for my electron life.

Sad news is causing me to post today. Prior to this, I have avoided writing about crashes, especially since we experienced one ourselves this year. Politics/confidentiality and good taste has left me avoiding the discussion about ours.

However, I woke up this morning to this:

Medical helicopter crash kills 4

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Makes a flight nurse really think hard about the worthiness of what she does.

I leave for AMTC in two days. For those of you unfamiliar, it is the big Air Medical conference. I don’t want to hear about the crashes, the lives lost, the tragedy. Unfortunately, if we don’t start talking about the “C” word we can’t stop this cycle of loss. We MUST face our own mortality.

*sigh*

Not the blog post I wanted to return with.

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Something more upbeat is on the way. I really have had a lot of good happen the past few weeks!

*one of my best skydiving days ever
*M-1 for Vets
*9-11 “Salute”
*CPT McGee, Commanding
*Barcelona, Barcelona, Barcelona
*E.M., author

Just to name a few.

Off to finish my CEN and CFRN packets. Ugggg

  1. It’s never good to see or hear about an HEMS crash. Unfortunately they will always happen despite our best efforts to avoid them. Mechanical failure, pilot error – unintentional, weather, you name it. Few things in our world our absolute.

    The best we can hope for is that our pilots and co-pilots are really paying attention – like they do. That our mechanics who work on the aircraft are diligent, and mother nature gives the crew a break more often than not.

    What you folks do is in HEMS is dangerous, but we depend on you to be there when things have gone terribly wrong. Without your skills and aircraft many more lives would otherwise be lost.

  2. It’s never good to see or hear about an HEMS crash. Unfortunately they will always happen despite our best efforts to avoid them. Mechanical failure, pilot error – unintentional, weather, you name it. Few things in our world our absolute.

    The best we can hope for is that our pilots and co-pilots are really paying attention – like they do. That our mechanics who work on the aircraft are diligent, and mother nature gives the crew a break more often than not.

    What you folks do is in HEMS is dangerous, but we depend on you to be there when things have gone terribly wrong. Without your skills and aircraft many more lives would otherwise be lost.

  3. Hey all—-
    @Matt—yup, commanding, can you believe it?
    @Mike—I needed to hear that, thank you.
    @Chris—Will post on this next! (Amazon.com has them!)
    @Michael—It is good to be back.
    @Brian—I have no earthly idea. Guess we wait for the NTSB.
    @Karin—It isn’t, but we can always hope it will be!

  4. Hey all—-
    @Matt—yup, commanding, can you believe it?
    @Mike—I needed to hear that, thank you.
    @Chris—Will post on this next! (Amazon.com has them!)
    @Michael—It is good to be back.
    @Brian—I have no earthly idea. Guess we wait for the NTSB.
    @Karin—It isn’t, but we can always hope it will be!

  5. Em I was going to go to that conferance as well but work crap got in the way. I’m P.O.’d now that you will be there and I wont. The only thing I can say about the crash is a quote from Michel Durant. ” We cann’t feel bad for our friends who die doing what they love. Feel sad for there death but know its how they wanted to go, doing what they loved.”

  6. Em I was going to go to that conferance as well but work crap got in the way. I’m P.O.’d now that you will be there and I wont. The only thing I can say about the crash is a quote from Michel Durant. ” We cann’t feel bad for our friends who die doing what they love. Feel sad for there death but know its how they wanted to go, doing what they loved.”

  7. Glad to hear you ABC life is doing well. You MUST divulge! Glad to see you making your way to the blogosphere. I feel your pain. I can’t say my ABC life has been anything exciting, but darn-tootin’ busy.
    Keep it safe my dear.

  8. Glad to hear you ABC life is doing well. You MUST divulge! Glad to see you making your way to the blogosphere. I feel your pain. I can’t say my ABC life has been anything exciting, but darn-tootin’ busy.
    Keep it safe my dear.

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