Crisis in the Sky: Medevac Helicopter Crashes, Deaths Escalating

Federal safety officials, too, acknowledge that there is a serious problem. The NTSB said that four urgent recommendations they made three years ago have been ignored, including that medevac choppers be equipped with night vision goggles and terrain detection equipment, for which there still is no FAA requirement.

"Of the 55 accidents we looked at," said Sumwalt, "we found that 29 of those 55 could have been prevented if any of the four recommendations that we issued had been implemented."

In a statement to ABC News, the FAA said it recognizes that some operators are flying beyond the capabilities of their pilots or helicopters and they are doing their best to promote safety.

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