Making EMS Flights Safer

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Congressman John Salazar (D) Colorado, was on hand Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Hospital discussing H.R. 3939, legislation that would increase the safety for crew and passengers on aircrafts providing emergency medical services.

The legislation would prohibit EMS flights from taking off in dangerous weather conditions under Part 91 Rules. Instead all hospitals would have to fly under Part 135 rules. This would require that pilots have three miles of visibility ahead and be able to see at least 1,000 feet above.

In the past few years three EMS flights have crashed on the western slope.



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