No one injured after Ballad helicopter makes emergency landing in Church Hill


Hawkins County dispatch confirmed Thursday morning that a Ballad One Medevac Helicopter made an emergency landing in Church Hill. 

The Church Hill Police Department confirmed on social media that no one was injured. 

Church Hill Fire Chief David Wood told reporters the helicopter made an emergency landing after the three crew members who were aboard detected a mechanical issue.

The helicopter was on-call at about 10:49 a.m. on Thursday when it reached an altitude with snow in the air, Wood told reporters. The crew turned on the de-icer, he said, and smoke started coming from the aircraft’s engine.

That’s when the crew made an emergency landing in a field next to Lee Highway, near Pal’s, 437 Richmond St., Wood told reporters. 

Church Hill Police tweeted at about 11:15 a.m. that no patients were aboard the helicopter when it landed, and that no crew members were injured. 

PHI Air Medical, the registered owner of the N407P model, released a statement confirming that officials are aware of the situation and that mechanics are on the scene inspecting the aircraft. 

The statement said the landing was in accordance with the company’s standard aviation procedures, and that there was no damage to the helicopter. 

The Federal Aviation Administration provided a valid operation certificate for the helicopter, valid through Oct. 31. 

The FAA added through a statement that any medical helicopter that carries passengers for hire must have a certificate issued by the FAA under the Federal Aviation Regulation part 135.

Per those regulations, requirements for certification include specific training programs for crew members in addition to adhering to a 59-page continuous airworthiness maintenance program. 

These regulations are specific to for-hire aircrafts with nine or fewer seats, FAA officials said.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that PHI Air Medical was the manufacurer of the helicopter. It has been corrected to state that PHI is the registered owner. 

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