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Facts about IHC Life Flight

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History: Life Flight begins service on July 6, 1978, becoming the seventh air med transport program in the United States.

Service area: IHC Life Flight has safely transported more than 42,000 patients throughout the Intermountain West and United States.

Patients served: An average of 10 patients are transported daily by IHC Life Flight.

Aircraft: The IHC Life Flight fleet includes three powerful helicopters, plus three airplanes and several ground ambulances. All three Life Flight helicopters are twin-engine Agusta K-2s, made in Italy and specially designed for high-altitude flights and extreme weather conditions, ranging from very hot to very cold. The Agusta K-2's average cruising speed is 165 miles per hour, and it can hover at altitudes up to 15,000 feet — well above the top of King's Peak, Utah's highest mountain, which is 13,526 feet. The helicopters cost $4 million each.

Accident history: Friday's accident is the first accident involving a fatality in the nearly 25-year history of IHC Life Flight.

Flight crew: An IHC Flight three-member crew comprises of a pilot, paramedic and flight nurses.


Source: LDS Hospital