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Angel Flights Struck With Tragedies

by John M. White |

Angel Flight organizations are non-profit all-volunteer organizations which provide free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.  Each year over 20,000 angel flights take place and over the past 25 years the organization has never lost a patient prior to this summer.
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Since June of 2008 there have been three accidents involving angel flights resulting in all of the patients receiving fatal injuries.  The first occurred in Iowa on June 3rd when a TMB700 struck the ground during climb out, followed on July 17th by a Beech Bonanza striking an ILS antenna on initial climb out and the most recent in Easton, MA where another Bonanza crashed on August 12th.  Apparently the aircraft lost altitude and crashed into a parking lot of a grocery store in Easton killing all three on board. Easton__1218558424_0250
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You can read more about this accident at <a href="http://www.docstoc.com/docs/1043059/Easton-MA-Plane-Crash" target="_blank">Easton, MA Plant Crash</a>.
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It is strange that after all of these years three accidents would occur in such quick succession, and have an eery similarity to one another although there appear to be no links of one to another.  Angel Flight pilots must have a minimum of 250 hours flight time plus an instrument rating in order to fly for one of the Angel Flight groups.  The volunteer pilots have a video and manual available to them which have been produced by the Air Care Alliance and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.
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Let us hope that this is the end of these tragedies, and that no more occur for the next 25 years.
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Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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JetAviator7

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