Recognizing it might be speculation, do you think it was related to the bad weather there? It seems like pretty rough stuff to be blade swinging in.We just had a mishap involving a HEMS Bell 407 here in Ohio a few mins ago...
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It's actually very normal. When the nearest program turns down the call, that program's Ops will either call the next base or the next nearest program Ops and solicit the call. They're required to inform of any declines and the reason why (maintenance, on a call already, weather, etc).Not attempting to conjecture - inter-hospital transfers are routine but don't usually get shopped if one program turns it down. There are two metropolitan programs in the area of this mishap and they operate SPIFR and looks like one or both these programs turned the flight down. And a VFR 407 ends up accepting it... hmmmm