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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44594
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 135P2
Owner/operator:Life Evac
Registration: N136LN
MSN: 0336
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Potomac river near Oxon Hill, MD -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Washington, DC (DC08)
Destination airport:Stafford, VA (RMN)
The Safety Board's full brief is available at The Aviation Accident Brief number is NTSB/AAB-07/04.

On January 10, 2005, about 2311 eastern standard time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH EC-135 P2 helicopter, N136LN, operated by LifeNet, Inc., as Life Evac 2, crashed into the Potomac River during low-altitude cruise flight near Oxon Hill, Maryland. The certificated commercial pilot and the flight paramedic were killed, and the flight nurse received serious injuries. The helicopter was destroyed. The positioning flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and visual flight rules with a company flight plan filed. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to identify and arrest the helicopter's descent, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Contributing to the accident were the dark night conditions, limited outside visual references, and the lack of an operable radar altimeter in the helicopter.




Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-07-111 issued 21 December 2007 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-07-112 issued 21 December 2007 by NTSB to FAA


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
18-Aug-2010 14:27 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Narrative]
18-Aug-2010 14:28 TB Updated [[Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Narrative]]
18-Aug-2010 15:26 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Mar-2013 13:12 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2013 07:31 TB Updated [Operator]
07-May-2016 10:46 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2016 11:24 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Dec-2017 06:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 06:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]

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