AUSTIN (KXAN) – Records from the Federal Aviation Administration confirm the safety history of STAR Flight operations.
STAR Flight is not flying after a deadly accident Monday night that killed nurse Kristen McLain. She was trying to rescue a woman from the Barton Creek Greenbelt when she fell from a hoist on the helicopter. Federal investigators are still looking into what happened.
STAR Flight officials have said this is the first on-duty death in its history. FAA records obtained by KXAN News show only one accident or incident, which had no injuries. In 1987, the report cites an engine malfunction and states: “The pilot made a successful autorotation when the engine temperature exceeded limits. Fuel control malfunction.”
However, the FAA enforcement data show Travis County EMS, doing business as STAR Flight, has had nine violations in its history. A STAR Flight spokesperson says the violations were found during routine inspections and were mostly administrative. The category of the violations ranges from “drug testing” to “records/rpts” and “trn-flt crew.” In seven of the cases, the final action is listed as “admin action.”
STAR Flight says it corrected any issues to FAA satisfaction. The last violation is listed in July 2010. All violations are marked as closed and the records obtained by KXAN do not go into detail about each individual case.