TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Ornge, Ontario's provider of air ambulance
and related services, announced today it is returning its Sikorsky S76
helicopters to service.
On Friday May 31st, Ornge voluntarily and temporarily took its five Sikorsky S76
helicopters offline out of an abundance of caution following a fatal
accident involving an Ornge air ambulance helicopter in Moosonee. Ornge
fixed wing aircraft, standing agreement carriers and local EMS services
continued to be available to perform patient transports in this region.
While the accident remains under investigation, preliminary information
communicated to Ornge by the Transportation Safety Board did not raise
concerns regarding the S76 fleet, and Ornge officials are confident
they are safe to return to service.
The S76 is flown out of bases in Thunder Bay and Kenora. Contingency
plans to restore helicopter service in Moosonee are being developed.
Further information will be communicated as it becomes available.
Fixed wing aircraft will continue to be used for patient transport
through the James Bay region during this time.
Ornge staff across the province continue to mourn the loss of the four
members of the Ornge crew who died in the crash: Captain Don Filliter,
First Officer Jacques Dupuy, Flight Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, and
Flight Paramedic Chris Snowball.
"We wish to express our thanks for the overwhelming outpouring of
support we have received from the Ontario public as well as EMS,
healthcare and aviation services across Canada and around the world,"
said Dr. Andrew McCallum, President and CEO of Ornge. "The entire
organization remains steadfast in its dedication and commitment to the
patients of Ontario during this difficult time."
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