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Feds Blame Lax Company Safety Culture For 2019 Medical Flight Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says a lax safety culture led to the crash of a medical helicopter last year in snowy weather that killed three people. 

The board says Survival Flight's "inadequate management of safety" led the pilot to depart in poor conditions to transport a patient to Grove City in January 2019 without a thorough pre-flight weather evaluation. Pilot Jennifer Topper, and flight nurses Bradley Haynes and Rachel Cunningham were killed when the helicopter crashed in Vinton County. The board has issued the company six safety recommendations. A Survival Flight spokesperson says the company will "continue to learn, improve and adapt."

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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