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LifeFlight of Maine - Non-injury incident

Date: 3/05/2011 1600 EST

Program: LifeFlight of Maine
	PO Box 940
	Bangor, ME. 04401

Type: A109E
Tail #: N901CM
Operator/Vendor: ERA Helicopters

Weather: Marginal VFR

Team: Pilot.. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	Aircraft had been out of service due to rapidly changing  weather at
	hospital base.  Pilot decided to reposition aircraft to airport hangar
	facilities during break in inclement weather. Pilot started aircraft,
	conducted ground run up procedures and departed hospital helipad. 
	Medical crewmember from hospital grounds noticed engine inlet covers
	had not been removed prior to flight and notified pilot over crew
	radio. Pilot was at 100 feet and accelerating through 30 kts and
	elected to continue to airport utilizing minimal power and performed a
	running landing. After engine shutdown maintenance personnel were
	notified and completed visual inspection of inlet screens, screens
	were slightly dimpled with no further damage found.
	ERA helicopters, Pratt/Whitney, AgustaWestland were notified and
	engine bore scope was performed with no additional damage found.
	ERA released aircraft back to LifeFlight with no restrictions.

Additional Info: 
	Red cyclic sock was in place on the cyclic per standard operating
	procedure as cue for engine inlet covers. Pilot remembers removing it
	and placing it under the seat. On review, incident classified as human
	factor due to self induced time pressure during start procedures not
	utilizing the aircraft checklist and reposition standard operating
	Follow up with all crews on importance of check list and SOP?s.   

Source: Thomas Judge ? Executive Director 

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