Rotorcraft Use in Disaster Relief and Mass Casualty Incidents - Case Studies
SYSTEMS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC ARLINGTON VA
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The primary purposes of this report are to document helicopter involvement in disaster relief efforts and to bring about an understanding of the general nature of such helicopter operations. A representative series of 18 case histories detailing disaster situations i.e., airliner crashes, high rise fires, natural disasters, etc. where helicopters have been involved in rescue and relief operations are studied in a case history format. Each case addresses to the greatest extent possible the circumstances of the disaster, the extent of rescue and relief efforts, the nature and extent of relief planning done prior to the incident in question, the nature of actual rotorcraft involvement, tne number of people endangered in the situation, the number of people assisted through the application of rotorcraft, the success or non-success of the rotorcraft participation, analysis of the rotorcraft application, the types of landing areas used, and documentation of lessons learned and post-situation analyses. In the 18 case studies presented, rotorcraft transported approximately 3,357 people and contributed to the saving of approximately 187 lives. Keywords Helicopters, Disasters, Case studies, Planning, Landing, Rescue equipment, Casualties.
- Safety Engineering
- Escape, Rescue and Survival