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Boston Medflight - Non-injury incident



Date: 1/29/2009 17:00 EST

Program: Boston Medflight
	Robins Street,Hangar 1727
	Hanscom AFB, Bedford, Mass 01730
	

Type: AS365N2, Dauphin
Tail #: N272DE
Operator/Vendor: Era MED, LLC

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, critical care transport nurse and paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

Description: 
	1/29/2009, Aircraft was preparing to land at referring hospital, when
	PIC noted the right main landing gear was not fully extended in the
	locked position according to the indicator light.  Boston MedFlight
	Operations center was notified that the aircraft was returning to base
	airport with noted mechanical issue. During transit back to base, the
	PIC attempted to deploy gear according to emergency procedure
	checklist with no response. Airport tower, operations and emergency
	personnel were notified of situation. Aviation Site Manager (ASM)
	reviewed emergency procedures and options with PIC via radio. After
	consultation with Era Med maintenance staff and field
	operations/emergency personnel, it was decided that the aircraft would
	touch down on left main gear to dissipate static electricity. PIC
	would then hover the aircraft at approximately five feet allowing  the
	ASM to attempt to manually deploy right main gear by pulling on the
	wheel to assist deploying the gear.  This was safely and successfully
	accomplished and aircraft landed safely with all three gear deployed
	and in locked position. All Boston MedFlight operation, administrative
	and Massport operations staff were debriefed. Era Med maintenance and
	American Eurocopter technical representatives are working to identify
	and resolve cause of gear malfunction.  

Source: Andrew Farkas RN/EMT-P, Chief Operations Manager

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