Another indictment of air ambulances

As I’ve posted here, here, here, and here, air ambulances are expensive, dangerous, and slow. USA Today is a bit late to the party, but they have a good summary article on the topic (Surge in crashes scars air ambulance industry).

They do add one interesting factoid that helps put things in perspective:

Since 2000, 60 people have died in 84 crashes — more than double the number of crashes during the previous five years. During that period, more than 10% of the U.S. air ambulance helicopter fleet crashed. If commercial airlines lost the same proportion of large passenger jets as air ambulance companies lost helicopters, 90 airliners would crash each year.

July 18, 2005

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