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REACH Air Medical Services - Non-injury incident

Date: June 20, 2015 1335 PDT

Program: REACH Air Medical Services
	451 Aviation Blvd, Ste 101
	Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Type: EC135P2 
Tail #: N37RX

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

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

	Part 91 ferry flight with pilot and passenger onboard. While climbing
	through 7200' MSL (1000' AGL), the pilot heard three loud pops in
	rapid succession and simultaneously a #1 engine chip light
	illuminated. The pilot immediately began a turn towards lower terrain
	and lowered the collective to an OEI profile at which time the engine
	completely failed. The pilot secured the engine in accordance with
	checklist procedures and proceeded to the closest, most suitable
	landing area wherein he made an uneventful landing.
	The company performed a full PAIP and debrief. The pilot has been
	commended for his exemplary performance in managing the emergency
	The engine was removed and sent to PWC for teardown analysis. The
	result of this analysis determined that there was a failure of the #3
	bearing. Currently there is an elective Service Bulletin (SB28340) for
	operators to replace this bearing during engine overhaul time.

Source: Vicky Spediacci, VP of Aviation Operations

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