October 9, 2021

Accident at 6NM N LOURDES-DE-JOLIETTE QC (CSE3)

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton reported that a Plastiques G.P.R. Inc. Bell 206B (C-FOXA) conducted a forced landing, which set off its emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in Rang Saint-Albert, between Sainte-Mélanie and Saint-Jean-de-Matha. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (BST) and the Aviation Operations Centre (AOC) were advised.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21Q0099: C-FOXA, a privately operated Bell 206B, was on a local visual flight rules flight from a residence in Sainte-Mélanie, QC, with a pilot and 4 passengers on board. Once back at the departure point, the booster pump low fuel pressure warning light lit up briefly. The pilot chose to perform a precautionary landing in a field and, while on final approach, the engine (Allison 250-C20) died. The pilot autorotated and, during landing, the tail boom was severed by the main rotor. The helicopter remained on the spot on its skids and there were no injuries. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) sounded and was immediately shut off. The post-flight inspection determined that there was no fuel remaining on board.

September 9, 2021

Accident at 5021N / 12441W

While on route to pick up loggers in Toba Inlet, an Oceanview Helicopters Hughes 369D (C-FBVH) suffered an engine failure, which caused an autorotation landing and roll over when it hit a ditch at approximately 2215Z. 1 soul on board (SOB), no injuries. Extent of the damage to the helicopter unknown. Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) and Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) aware.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0098: C-FBVH, a Hughes 369D helicopter, operated by Oceanview Helicopters Limited, lifted off from Toba Inlet after taking on fuel. Shortly afterwards, while in cruise flight, the pilot observed the fuel filter light illuminate intermittently (about 4-5 times). They reduced power but the flickering continued. The engine (Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C20B) torque indication was also fluctuating by 10 to 15 psi. Upon seeing this, the pilot reduced power further and turned the helicopter 180 degrees. The engine quit shortly after the turn was completed and the pilot conducted a forced landing and autorotation to an open marshy area. During the flare and subsequent touchdown, the helicopter slid about 30 feet, snagged a ditch and came to an abrupt stop. The main rotor blades contacted the tail boom and severed it from the fuselage. The pilot was not injured and egressed. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The company obtained fuel samples, which appeared clear and bright. The helicopter was retrieved and transported to their maintenance facility, where it was further inspected. Maintenance performed a vacuum leak test on the air side fuel system components and found the pressure differential switch was not air tight. They are planning to run-up the engine in a test cell to verify the complete operation.

July 6, 2021

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

The pilot of a Turbolyft Aerospace Group Inc. Aerospatiale AS350-B3 (C-GSSK) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) was given a northbound departure from an area north of Taxiway Foxtrot. Moments later, the pilot reported an engine failure and that they had landed safely. No operational impact.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0064: A privately registered Aerospatiale (Airbus) AS 350 B3 helicopter was conducting a local VFR maintenance test flight following a 144 month maintenance inspection from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK), with the pilot and 2 maintenance personnel on board. Following the completion of hover checks, the helicopter was transitioned to forward flight. At an airspeed of approximately 40 knots, the pilot observed a fuel pressure warning, followed by a reduction of engine power and main rotor decay. The takeoff was rejected and an emergency landing was made on Taxiway F. Air traffic control (ATC) was advised of the rejected takeoff and emergency. The ELT automatically activated upon landing. There were no injuries. Subsequent maintenance activities found the loss of engine power was resultant from an interrupted fuel flow by a piece of debris that remained in the helicopters fuel cell following the inspection. Structural damage to the helicopters tail boom was repaired and the helicopter was returned to service.

June 22, 2021

Accident at 15NM NE TERRACE BC (CYXT)

A White Bear Industries Ltd. Robinson R44 II (C-FWBL) on a flight from Terrace, BC (CYXT) informed the CYXT flight service station (FSS) that it had conducted an emergency landing due to an aircraft issue. The aircraft was damaged upon landing. A helicopter was sent to pick up the pilot and passenger. No impact on operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report #A21P0046: C-FWBL, a privately operated Robinson R44 II operated by White Bear Industries Ltd., was enroute from Lakelse Lake, BC, to Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) with one passenger on board when the pilot received a low main rotor RPM warning horn and light, with both engine and main rotor tachometer needles decreasing. The pilot performed a forced landing on a mountain logging road approximately 15 NM NE of Terrace, BC (CYXT). The pilot noticed while in the auto-rotation descent that the reciprocating engine RPM was fluctuating (Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5, 6 cylinder, fuel injected). During the flare to touch down, with collective and aft cyclic application to arrest the descent and forward motion, the helicopter skidded forward for about 15 feet on the gravel road. The helicopter remained upright on its skids, and both the pilot and passenger exited with no injury. The helicopter suffered substantial damage when the main rotor struck the tail boom during touchdown. The tail boom remained only partially attached to the rest of the structure by the internal driveshaft assembly connected to the tail rotor gearbox. Maintenance was contracted to inspect the helicopter drivetrain and initially could not find or replicate any defect that would suggest a mechanical malfunction or explain the low main rotor RPM reported by the pilot.

May 7, 2021

Accident at 9.5NM S OTTAWA / MACDONALD-CARTIER INTL ON (CYOW)

TSB Report #A21O0031: C-GWHM, a privately operated Bell 206L-3, was departing from the owners property on a local flight, with the pilot/owner and two passengers on board. In hover at approximately 50 feet AGL, the helicopter began to yaw to the right, completing at least two rotations. The pilot reduced power, descended vertically to make an emergency landing, and was able to stop the yawing motion before making contact with the ground. The landing was hard enough to significantly deform the skids, and resulted in a downward bend in the tail boom between the main fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer. There were no injuries. The helicopter will be moved to a maintenance facility for inspection and repair.

September 17, 2021

Accident at 15NM S TABER AB (CED5)

A Wildcat Helicopters Bell 212 (C-FCAD) flew into power lines and crashed onto a highway 25NM south of Taber, AB (CED5). Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton, Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS) advised. No impact to operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report # A21W0080: C-FCAD, a Bell 212 operated by Wildcat Helicopters Inc., was conducting a VFR repositioning flight from Chapleau Municipal Airport (CYLD), ON to Kelowna Wildcat Heliport (CWC2), BC. During an unplanned low level diversion, the helicopter contacted a residential power line on the forward transmission fairing. The pilot conducted an immediate landing into a grass field. The helicopter remained upright, however, the tail rotor struck ground during the flare and touchdown and the main rotor blade severed the tail boom. The pilot was uninjured. The helicopter was equipped with wire strike protection and suffered substantial damage. Company maintenance is assessing the damage and will provide and update.

July 15, 2021

Incident at 25NM N GRAND RAPIDS MB (CJV8)

TSB Report #A21C0067: C-GRFZ, a Bell Helicopter 206L-1 operated by Prairie Helicopters Inc., landed on a log pad 25 miles north of Grand Rapids, MB (CJV8), with only the pilot on board. While loading the helicopter, and with the engine operating, the log pad shifted and the helicopter began to pitch nose up. The pilot attempted to level the helicopter using the collective and cyclic control, but was unsuccessful and then shut down the engine. One of the landing pad logs was shifted by the weight of the helicopter and struck the tail boom. There were no injuries. The helicopter sustained minor damage to the tail boom.

February 6, 2020

Accident at 24NM SW HOUSTON, BC (CAM5)

TSB Report #A20P0019: C-GMPN, an Aerospatiale AS350-B3 operated by RCMP Air Services, was conducting policing activities 24nm SW of Houston (CAM5), BC with 3 persons on board. Also operating in the area were two RCMP operated RPAS units. During low level flight (below 300 feet AGL), the helicopter and 1 RPAS (FLIR SkyRanger R60 - 2.4 kg) collided. The helicopter suffered some initial vibration and the pilot completed a precautionary landing on a road without further incident. Maintenance staff found damage primarily to the main rotor blades along with superficial damage on the tail boom and tail rotor. The effected components were removed as per the maintenance manual for repairs or overhaul as required. The RPAS was destroyed. There were no injuries to persons in the aircraft or on the ground.

February 8, 2020

Incident at STEWART BC (CZST)

TSB Report #A20P0025: C-GLAH, an Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 operated by Access Helicopters, was flying down a mountain near Stewart, BC to pick up skiers when the right-hand side cargo door departed the aircraft, damaging the tail boom and the tail rotor blades. The pilot was able to land normally. The cargo door was equipped with hinges at the top and with a single latch in the bottom center (additional, after-market latches are available for this door). None of the cargo inside the compartment fell out. Airspeed at the time the cargo door departed was about 125 knots. It was not determined why the cargo door opened.

February 6, 2020

Accident at 24NM SW HOUSTON, TX (CAM5)

TSB Report #A20P0019: C-GMPN, an Aerospatiale AS350-B3 operated by RCMP Air Services, was conducting policing activities 24nm SW of Houston (CAM5), BC with 3 persons on board. Also operating in the area were two RCMP operated RPAS units. During low level flight (below 300 feet AGL), the helicopter and 1 RPAS (FLIR SkyRanger R60 - 2.4 kg) collided. The helicopter suffered some initial vibration and the pilot completed a precautionary landing on a road without further incident. Maintenance staff found damage primarily to the main rotor blades along with superficial damage on the tail boom and tail rotor. The effected components were removed as per the maintenance manual for repairs or overhaul as required. The RPAS was destroyed. There were no injuries to persons in the aircraft or on the ground.

September 3, 2020

Incident at 36NM NW MOOSE JAW MUNI SK (CJS4)

TSB Report #A20C0090: C-GGHS, an Air Tractor 502B operated by Helico Services Inc., was conducting spray operations approximately 36 NM Northwest of Moose Jaw Municipal, SK (CJS4). Prior to the start of application, the pilot conducted an inspection of the field to identify power line locations. The pilot made multiple passes above an identified power line; however, during the occurrence application pass, the aircraft hooked and broke the single power line with the right hand main gear. The aircraft sustained minor damage to the right hand wing, including two boom hangers and the right aileron. The aircraft returned to CJS4 and is undergoing maintenance. The power company was notified of the downed wire.

August 24, 2020

Accident at 12NM NW PORCUPINE PLAIN SK (CKD2)

TSB Report #A20C0085: C-GRCT, a Bell 206B helicopter operated by Clayton Air Service, was applying herbicide to a wheat field 12 nautical miles NW of Porcupine Plain, SK, with only the pilot on board. After clearing a row of trees, the helicopter began a slight descent. While rounding out to continue the application pass, the spray boom made contact with the crop and the pilot lost directional control of the helicopter. The helicopter veered to the right and then collided with the terrain. The operators ground loader responded to the accident site and brought the pilot to hospital for assessment. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was destroyed by a post impact fire.
Update: AOR-266955-V1: The National Operations Centre (NOC) called the Winnipeg Area Control Centre Shift Manager (CSM) to advise of a Clayton Air Service Ltd. Bell 206B (C-GRCT) crash, as reported by the Transport Safety Board (TSB). No impact to operations.

July 20, 2020

Accident at 0.68 NM ENE Thorburn Lake Water Aerodrome, NL (CCW5)

At approximately 1822Z, on July 20, 2020, a privately-registered Robinson R44 II helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the Thornburn Lake Water Aerodrome, NL (CCW5). There were three (3) persons aboard the aircraft, one (1) of whom suffered fatal injuries. The second was listed in life-threatening condition and the third was injured, but stable. Emergency services arrived at the scene and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax dispatched a Cormorant Helicopter to the area in order to provide MEDEVAC assistance, if required. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was notified and will soon communicate its decision regarding the deployment of investigators to the scene. On July 21, 2020, the TSB confirmed deployment of a team of investigators from Halifax who will travel to the accident scene to gather preliminary information and assess the occurrence. Transport Canada, Atlantic Region, has appointed a Ministers Observer who will assist the TSB in a remote capacity during the information gathering process. It was later clarified that the aircraft, previously registered in the Quebec Region, was in the early stages of being registered to a new owner in the Atlantic Region. Correspondence received to date indicates that the intended registration was indeed private.
Update: TSB Report #A20A0027: A privately operated Robinson R44 helicopter, was on a multi leg cross-country pleasure flight. The helicopter departed Springdale Airport Newfoundland (CCD2) with the intent to refuel at an aircraft maintenance facility located on the north-east side of Thorburn Lake, Newfoundland (CCW5). Upon arrival at Thorburn Lake, the helicopter completed a precautionary circuit over the planned landing site; a gravel parking lot surrounded by trees. The helicopter returned to the parking lot and carried out an approach to about tree top level. It then entered a hover and began to climb vertically. When the helicopter reached approximately 75 feet above tree top level, it began small yaw and pitch movements, which increased in amplitude over a short period of time. Control was lost and the main rotor blades made contact with and severed approximately four feet of the tail boom, which included the tail rotor assembly. The helicopter and the tail rotor assembly fell vertically into a stand of trees and came to rest upright on the forest floor. The pilot and front seat passenger sustained multiple serious injuries, and passenger in the right hand (RH) rear seat was fatally injured. Witnesses close by provided first aid to the occupants and extinguished a small non-fuel fed fire in the area of the left hand (LH) engine manifold. The helicopter was destroyed.

August 17, 2019

Accident at ROBERVAL QC (CYRJ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The pilot of a Services Hélicocorp Robinson R44 (C-FXZS) reported a mechanical problem and indicated that it was going to initiate autorotation at the Roberval, QC (CYRJ) airport. The aircraft then made a very hard landing. The aircraft was damaged. No one was injured.
UPDATE: Runway 16/34 was closed from 1210Z to 1530Z due to the accident involving C-FXZS. Duplicate AOR 254344-V1 deleted.
UPDATE TSB #A19Q0139: C-FXZS, a Robinson R44 Raven 1 operated by Helicocorp Services Inc., was conducting a private VFR flight from St-Hubert (CYHU), QC, to Roberval (CYRJ), QC, with the pilot and one passenger on board. During its final approach to CYRJ, the engine (Lycoming O-540-F1B5) lost power, and the pilot performed an autorotation landing. When the aircraft touched down, the main rotor contacted the tail boom. The aircraft sustained significant damage. There were no injuries.

May 8, 2019

Incident at MONTRÉAL / AÉROPARC ÎLE PERROT QC (CSP6)

A privately registered Cessna A185E, whose provenance and destination are unknown, accidentally activated its emergency locator transmitter (ELT).
UPDATE Aviation Incident Report #16060: Upon landing at final destination of Montréal/Aéroparc Ïle-Perrot, QC, (CSP6) a privately registered Cessna A185E performed a listening check on 121.5 on radio #2 before engine shutdown and no tone was heard. The aircraft was pulled inside a hangar about 15 minutes after landing and the alarm speaker of the 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was heard transmitting near the ELT location in the rear fuselage. Cockpit remote control switch was reset to re-arm the ELT and a few minutes later a call from Search and Rescue (SAR) Trenton was received on cell phone to confirm that the aircraft was down and safe at CSP6. It was confirmed that the ELT was possibly inadvertently activated when the passenger headset was disconnected and the boom mike end pressed the activating button on the ELT cockpit remote switch. A modification of the remote cockpit switch was to be completed to include a removable protective clear plastic cap to prevent further inadvertent activation of the ELT button.

September 6, 2019

Incident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

Aviation incident report #16312: Passenger was very angry when they found out their ticket had been cancelled for a WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (C-GWEQ/WEN3280) from Penticton, BC (CYYF) to Calgary, AB (CYYC), as they had not shown up for the original flight. They paid to book new ticket on flight. Walking away from the ticket counter, the passenger said they wished "we would all go boom, and the airport and WestJet would disappear". Customer Service agents escalated to airport security. The passenger got to the gate and continued making threats. Captain was advised and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit was called. Boarding was delayed while waiting for the RCMP. RCMP escorted passenger out of the airport.

December 19, 2019

Incident at 65NM N WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

TSB Report #A19C0153: C-FYAG, a Fairchild SA227-AC operated by Perimeter Aviation LP, was conducting a test flight while operating under a Transport Canada Experimental Flight Permit. The aircraft was equipped with a flight testing air data boom mounted to the left wing tip. Approximately 65nm north of Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl (CYWG), MB, the aircrafts boom started vibrating and the flight crew elected to terminate the test flight. A PAN PAN was declared, and the aircraft returned to CYWG for an uneventful landing. The operators maintenance inspected the aircraft, made adjustments to the boom equipment, and returned the aircraft to service.

December 28, 2018

Accident at LIZZIE BAY LOG SORT, BC

TSB Report #A18P0186: C FOQH, an AS350B2 helicopter operated by Blackcomb Helicopters, with only the pilot on board, was landing at the Lizzie Bay log sort near Lillooet Lake, BC in order to pick up a group of back country skiers to be flown to the Lizzie Lake hut. The landing area was covered with a few inches of fresh snow and the weather included low cloud, light snow, and flat light. Just prior to the skids touching down, the tail rotor struck a low snow covered berm. The helicopter yawed 90 degrees but remained upright. There were no injuries, however the tail rotor, tail rotor gear box, tail rotor drive shaft, and tail boom were substantially damaged.

September 24, 2018

Accident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The tower heard a loud boom as a Philippine Airlines Inc. Airbus A340-313 (PAL117) from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Ninoy Aquino Intl Airport, Philippines (RPLL) was taking off Runway 08R. Runway closed for inspection. Tire and other debris found. Runway 08R closed for 15 minutes delaying a few departures and affecting arrivals.
Update TSB #A18P0145: RP-C3435, an Airbus 340-300 aircraft operated by Philippines Airlines, was conducting flight PAL117 from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Manila/Ninoy Aquino Intl, Philippines (RPLL). As the aircraft was accelerating for take off on Runway 08R at CYVR, the air traffic tower controller heard a loud boom. The runway was closed for inspection, and tire and other debris were found on the runway. Runway 08R was closed for 15 minutes to clean it up; a few departures and arrivals were delayed. PAL117 continued its flight to RPLL without further incident. Following the landing at RPLL, several holes in the skin were found in the landing gear area. The aircraft received substantial damage to the belly, as well as the Center Landing Gear (CLG) fairing door.
UPDATE Aviation Incident Report #15694: Aircraft experienced a tire burst event. Upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino, Philippines (RPLL) aircraft performed a low pass approach for visual inspection and found that the center landing gear tire was damaged. PR117 was cleared for landing and touched down safely at RPLL at 2233Z, 24 September 2018. No passenger or crew was hurt as a result of the incident.

May 29, 2018

Accident at 1NM NE ELKO BC (CBE2)

TSB Report#A18P0076: C-FYIP, a Hughes 369D aircraft operated by Bighorn Helicopters, was conducting external load operations approximately 1 nm North East of Elko/Lionel P. Demers Memorial Airpark, BC (CBE2) when the external load inadvertently released from the sling and flew back into the tail rotor. The pilot felt a vibration, entered autorotation, and made an emergency landing into a meadow. After touchdown, the main rotor contacted the tail boom, causing substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

March 28, 2018

Incident at In the vicinity of: REVELSTOKE BC (CYRV)

TSB Report #A18P0044: C-FBVH, a Hughes 369D aircraft operated by Oceanview Helicopters, was conducting animal capture work near Revelstoke, BC (CYRV). During a landing in deep snow, the tail rotor contacted the snow. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured. The operator?s maintenance attended the site and found that only the tail rotor driveshaft had visible damage. The driveshaft was replaced and, as a precaution, the tail boom, tail rotor gearbox and tail rotor assembly were also replaced.

August 25, 2018

Accident at 5336N / 11313W

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) contacted the Edmonton Shift Manager and reported that a privately registered Rotorway Exec 90 crashed landed in a field approximately 5NM S of Fort Saskatchewan. Minor injuries reported. No impact to the operation.
UPDATE: TSB report #A18W0134: A privately operated Rotorway Exec 90 Amateur Built helicopter, was on a local VFR flight from a private residence north of Sherwood Park, AB. While conducting an autorotation with a power recovery, the pilot noticed the engine (Rotorway HC, RI162) had experienced a power loss. The autorotation was continued to touchdown, resulting in a hard landing. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the tail boom, the skid gear and the main rotor. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries.

June 30, 2018

Accident at 32NM NE RAINBOW LAKE AB (CYOP)

A18W0091: The Delta Helicopters Ltd. Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2, C-FWCL, Serial number 2869, was moving a tree planting crew from cut block 1516 to 1657 approximately 32 nautical miles to the northeast of Rainbow Lake, AB. On arrival to cut block 1657 the pilot performed an orbit to assess landing sites. On the approach to the chosen landing site the main rotor struck a tree. The pilot moved away from the tree to assess the situation. Vibrations were not too strong so he began to move to a more suitable landing site. Dropping to 10 feet above the ground with the vibrations increasing exponentially, the pilot was able to slide the aircraft onto a service road. The aircraft landed hard buckling the tail boom, but remained upright on its skids. The emergency locator beacon did not activate. There were no injuries.

June 28, 2018

Incident at .7NM WNW St Aphonse

TSB #A18C0049: C-GHPR, a Cessna A188B aircraft operated by Air Greenway Ltd., was engaged in fungicide application 0.7 nm W of St. Alphonse, MB. During a spray run, the engine (Teledyne Continental Motors, IO-520-D) lost power. The pilot jettisoned the load and conducted a forced approach and landing on a grid road. During the landing, the main landing gear contacted a ditch and the aircraft came to rest on the roadway. The pilot received minor injuries. The aircraft sustained damage to the landing gear, tail, fuselage, left wing, and spray-boom.

July 19, 2018

Accident at 6420n / 12811w

Update TSB Report # A18W0100: C-FNAK, a Bell 407 aircraft operated by Sahtu Helicopters, was conducting a VFR flight from Norman Wells, NT (CYVQ) to the 108 mile marker of the Canol Trail with 1 crew member and 6 passengers on board. The flight was operated in support of the Canol Trail remediation project, and while approaching the destination, a bear was noted on the landscape by a passenger. The pilot initiated a right turn to facilitate a closer look and observed that the bear was not proceeding in the same direction as the intended landing zone. The helicopter then entered a descending right turn, from which the pilot was unable to arrest the rate of descent; the helicopter collided with terrain. Upon impact, the main rotor struck the tail boom and severed it from the fuselage. Additionally, the main rotor blades struck a rock outcropping to the left of the helicopter. The aircraft remained upright and was secured by the pilot. The passengers and crew exited the aircraft, which was substantially damaged.
UPDATE from Operator: Change to operator: The operator changed from "Great Slave Helicopters" to "SAHTU Helicopters".
The Trenton joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) advised that a Great Slave Helicopters Bell 407 (C-FNAK) on a flight from Norman Wells, NT (CYVQ) to Norman Well, NT (CYVQ) on a VFR flight, crash landed approximately 65NM southwest of CYVQ. No reported injuries. No impact to the operation.

January 31, 2018

Accident at HAINES JUNCTION YT (CYHT)

A 528470 Alberta Limited Aerospatiale AS350B1 (C-GTQH) on a flight from Haines Junction, YT (CYHT) and inbound to Haines Junction, YT (CYHT) crashed behind a company hangar at Haines Junction Aerodrome. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed the accident and reported 1 soul-on-board (SOB) with minor injuries. Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) was notified 2324Z. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was not activated on impact. No NAV CANADA involvement.
UPDATE TSB Report #A18W0013: C-GTQH, the Kluane Helicopters Aerospatiale (Airbus Helicopters) AS350-B1, was operating a local flight from Haines Junction, YT (CYHT). During final approach at a company helipad, the aft portion of the tail boom and lower vertical fin contacted a 6 foot high fence. C-GTQH began to rotate to the left. As an attempt was made to set the helicopter on the ground, the left skid made contact with the ground and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries, the helicopter was substantially damaged. The ELT was not activated.

July 29, 2017

Accident at MASCOUCHE QC

TSB A17Q0131: A Passport Hélico Robinson R44 (Québec hélicoptères) (C-GKOP) was on a training flight in the Mascouche, QC, training area. During a simulation of a blocked left pedal, the aircraft conducted a hard landing. The aircraft?s tail rotor, tail boom and landing gear were damaged but the aircraft remained upright. The flight instructor and the student pilot were not injured. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was not set off.

August 6, 2017

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

Earlier in the day, a privately registered Seawind 3000 taxied to the Pat Bay float plane dock. The aircraft was left unattended and at 2257Z a JDR Pacific Ventures de Havilland DHC-2 (C-FUVQ) landed at Pat Bay and reported an aircraft was submerged in Pat Bay. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) was called out and put booms around the aircraft as there was 60 litres of fuel on board. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria was advised and ARFF was waiting for salvage company to arrive.

April 26, 2017

Accident at PENTICTON BC (CYYF)

UPDATE: TSB REPORT#A17P0064: C-GLMV, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter operated by HNZ Global, was conducting autorotation practices at Penticton, BC (CYYF) with an instructor and a pilot on board. During one of the practice landing on the airport infield, the flight crew missed the timing of the flare and the aircraft remained high with some forward speed and low rotor RPM. The aircraft completed the autorotation to touch down but excessive flapping of the main rotor caused a resonant response (sometimes called Pylon Whirl) which damaged the tail section. The tail boom was bent and the tail rotor driveshaft broke, causing substantial to the aircraft. There were no injuries.
A Canadian Helicopters Limited Bell 206L-1 (C-GLMV), on a local flight from Penticton, BC (CYYF) was doing circuits and auto-rotations from the northwest quadrant grass at CYYF. The aircraft's last circuit was at 2355Z. At 0007Z, the helicopters advised it shut down due to maintenance issues. The helicopter was towed out of area at 0058Z with visual tail rotor damage. No delays or impact to operations.

March 1, 2017

Accident at 38 NM N STEWART BC (CZST)

TSB #A17P0034: C-FTSH, an Access Helicopters AS 350 B3 helicopter engaged in heli-skiing with a pilot and four passengers aboard was on approach to land when they encountered 'white-out' conditions in close proximity to snow-covered ground. The helicopter was perceived to move forward and the pilot corrected with aft cyclic, the main rotor contacted and severed the tail boom. Although the helicopter sustained substantial damage, it remained upright and all egressed without injury.
UPDATE: JRCC Victoria SARSUM Report#[T2017-00194]: at approximately 1910Z (14:00 EST) a Helicopter registered C-FTSH to Access Helicopters Ltd experienced a hard landing in a moutainnous region in Northern BC. The coordinates are 56 34 2 N 129 52 4 W near highway 37 "Stewart-Cassiar Highway". The pilot (1) and passengers (4) are reported uninjured and were rescued by a company helicopter and taken back to the ski lodge. There is extensive damage to the tail rotor. The Transportation and Safety Board is advised.

January 30, 2017

Accident at GOLDEN BC (CYGE)

TSB Report#A17P0011: C-FLIZ, a Silver King Helicopters Inc. AS350 BA, was conducting heli-ski operations north east of Golden, BC. The helicopter departed Heather Mountain Lodge with the pilot and 5 passengers on board for the south west side of Kinbasket Lake. On approach, approximately 6 feet from the ground, the helicopter experienced a reduction in tail rotor effectiveness. The helicopter began to rotate to the left and the collective was reduced to stop the rotation. The helicopter landed while rotating and the vertical fin and tail rotor impacted a tree. There were no injuries; there was substantial damage to the vertical fin, tail rotor and the tail boom.

October 10, 2017

Accident at NORTH BAY ON (CYYB) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE: Aviation Incident Report#15108: An Essentials Helicopters Bell 206B (C-GCDM) crashed on landing during a training session on Button of Runway 08 where the tail section broke off. The Runway was closed for a short period no operational impact for the airport.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A17O0217: C-GCDM, a Bell 206B aircraft operated by Essential Helicopters, was conducting a local training flight from North Bay, ON (CYYB) with a student pilot and an instructor on board. While performing a simulated autorotation with a planned power recovery at the threshold of Runway 08 at CYYB, the student lost control of the helicopter, bounced off the runway surface and became airborne again. The instructor attempted to regain control, however the main rotor contacted the tail boom which was completely severed between the horizontal stabilizer and the tail rotor. The severed portion of the tail boom, including the tail rotor, came to rest on the runway. Directional control of the helicopter was lost and the aircraft rotated 1 ½ turn before coming to rest upright on its skids. There were no injuries.
An Essentials Helicopters Bell 206B (C-GCDM) on a flight from North Bay, ON (CYYB) and landing at North Bay, ON (CYYB) doing autorotations to threshold Runway 08 landed short and struck Taxiway Lima causing the tail boom to be severed. The aircraft came to rest on the threshold. 2 persons on board. No injuries reported. The first 2000 feet of Runway 08 was closed until further notice.

November 21, 2017

Accident at LACOMBE AB (CEG3)

TSB Report#A17W0186: C-GXTO, an Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 aircraft operated by Mustang Helicopters, was on a VFR training flight at Lacombe, AB (CEG3) with 3 persons on board. While conducting an autorotation with a power recovery, the training pilot noticed a high torque and N1 indications as power was being introduced in the flare. The training pilot reduced throttle in an attempt to keep torque and N1 within limits; however, the engine (Turbomeca Arriel 1D1) lost power. The autorotation was continued to touchdown, resulting in a hard landing. There were no injuries, however the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the tail boom, skid landing gear and the lower wire strike protection system.

March 29, 2017

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) advised that an Air Canada Embraer ERJ 190-100 (C-FHJU/ACA609) from Halifax/Stanfield, NS (CYHZ) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson, ON (CYYZ) was damaged in an incident involving a de-icing truck malfunction in the de-icing facility. HIAA advised all agencies.
UPDATE; TSB REPORT#A17A0021: C-FHJU, an Embraer ERJ 190-100 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA609 from Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ). While the aircraft was stationary on the de-ice pad at CYHZ, the boom of a de-ice truck experienced a mechanical failure which allowed the boom to contact the upper surface of the right wing of the aircraft. Passengers and crew members deplaned via air stairs and the aircraft was removed from service for inspection and maintenance. There were no reported injuries.

December 13, 2016

Accident at VALLEYFIELD QC

TSB Update A16Q0166: A Canadian Helicopters Bell 206L on floats was on a VFR flight for geophysical work on the banks of the Beauharnois canal, located about 6 NM southeast of Montréal/Les Cèdres (CSS3), QC. The flight required a low speed (5 mph) and low altitude (1 ft from the ground) fly over. At the time of flight, the aircraft drifted too close to the shore which caused a loss of visual reference (whiteout) due to a layer of fresh snow. The pilot moved to avoid the trees which were located along the bank. However, the aircraft started to yaw slightly to the right during the manoeuvre and the tail boom become stuck in a tree. The tail rotor broke and the main rotor struck the tree. The aircraft was substantially damaged and came to a stop in a few feet of water. The two occupants escaped without serious injury.
A Canadian Helicopters Bell 206L (C-GTLB) crashed in the Beauharnois canal near Valleyfield, QC. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) were notified. No service provided by NAV CANADA.

November 18, 2016

Accident at 12.00NM NE From CYSE - SQUAMISH

TSB #A16P0205: C-GEZR, a privately operated Bell 206B helicopter, was on a sightseeing trip north of Pitt Lake, BC with 1 pilot and 3 passengers on board. While attempting to land on a glacier, the pilot encountered poor lighting conditions and touched down sooner than anticipated. The pilot lost control of the helicopter, the main rotor blade contacted the tail boom and the helicopter rolled over on its side. The pilot and the passengers were able to escape with no injuries. The pilot sent an emergency notification via a GPS SPOT tracker and JRCC was notified.
UPDATE: JRCC SARSUM Victoria Report#[V2016-03269]: (494845N 1225090W - Mamquam Mountain, BC). A person called on the Media Line to report a helicopter crash on the Mamquam glacier east of Squamish. The caller reported that all four persons on board (POB) were uninjured and that an A-Star helicopter was heading to the location from Langley, BC. Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) R907 was on deck in Kelowna and was tasked to proceed to the position of the crash. The four POB were recovered by the A-Star and taken to Langley airport where there were assessed by Emergency Health Services (EHS). Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was notified. R907 was stood down and returned to base (RTB).

November 5, 2016

Accident at 11.00NM E From Hixon

TSB #A16P0198: C-GOFX, an Aerospatiale AS 350 BA FX2 helicopter operated by Ops Mobil Inc, was conducting external load operations with a fertilizer bucket east of Hixon, BC. The pilot had completed the fertilizer drop in a logging cut bloc and was flying back to the loading site at 300 feet AGL when a noise was heard from the engine. Shortly thereafter, the rotor RPM began to decrease. The pilot jettisoned the fertilizer bucket and put the aircraft in a nose down attitude in order to maintain airspeed. The pilot entered an autorotation, flared and landed hard on a logging road near the fertilizer loading site. The aircraft remained upright with damage to the landing gear, the aft fuselage area and the tail boom. There were no injuries. The engine will be inspected to determine the cause of the power loss.

July 8, 2016

Accident at 20NM N BELLA BELLA / WAGLISLA BC (Water) (CAR9)

UPDATE from Flight Operations: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator involved for more information and was provided with additional details of this occurrence. Pilot's services have been terminated. The CASI was satisfied with the information provided and advised that no further follow-up action by Transport Canada was required at this time.
TSB#16P0112: C-FBMO, a C185E on floats, operated by CBE Construction Ltd (dba Aircab) was making a second trip into a camp in Spiller Inlet (Bella Bella, BC, 20 N). The aircraft landed with a tailwind and collided with a log boom. The right-hand float was damaged and the airplane sank while taxiing to dock. The pilot, the sole occupant, evacuated the aircraft as it rolled over. The pilot was wearing a PFD, but did not inflate it because the pilot was rescued before having to leave the aircraft. There were no injuries, the aircraft was substantially damaged.

November 5, 2016

Accident at 12NM E PONOKA INDUSTRIAL (LABRIE FIELD) AB (CEH3)

TSB#A16W0157: C-GYCH, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter operated by Range Helicopters, was transiting between fields on a pipeline aerial inspection approximately 12 nautical miles East of Ponoka Industrial (Labrie Field), AB (CEH3). During cruise flight, the pilot decided to demonstrate an autorotation to the observer on board. The intention was to demonstrate a straight in autorotation to a power recovery. At approximately 1000 feet AGL and 80 mph, the pilot rolled the throttle to flight idle to enter the manoeuver. The aircraft stabilized in the autorotation at approximately 60 mph. During the flare, the decision was made to continue the autorotation to touchdown. The aircraft landed hard and came to an abrupt stop. During the touchdown, the main rotor had contacted the tail boom and severed the tail rotor driveshaft. The aircraft was shut down. There were no injuries to the occupants on board.

July 16, 2016

Accident at 6NM NW YORKTON MUNI SK (CYQV)

UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The aircraft was conducting aerial application when the engine lost power. The pilot confirmed the throttle & mixture controls were at full power & mixture at full rich position. The pilot selected a pasture for the forced landing. The right landing gear collapsed on landing. Company maintenance will send the engine to an overhaul faculty for investigation on the cause of the power loss.
UPDATE: TSB#A16C0076: C-GRSP, a Piper PA-25-235 aircraft operated by Miccar Aerial Ltd, was applying chemicals to a field approximately 6 nautical miles West of Yorkton Muni, SK (CYQV) when the engine (Lycoming O-540-B2C5) lost power. The pilot pulled up and conducted a forced landing in a nearby pasture. During the landing, the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the propeller, right landing gear, and right spray boom. The pilot was not injured.
UPDATE: JRCC Trenton SARSUM Report#. [T2016-01354]: (511825N 1023843W - 7WNW Yorkton, SK). Report from Winnipeg area control centre (ACC) of a Piper PA-25-235 (C-GRSP) crash. The crop duster with 1 person on board (POB) had a mechanical failure and forced landed in field 7 miles west northwest of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Gear collapsed on landing. No injuries. Owner on scene with the aircraft. ACC contacted Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and Transport Canada Aviation Operations. No assistance was required.
A Miccar Aerial Piper PA-25-235 (C-GRSP) on a local flight from Yorkton, SK (CYQV) had a mechanical failure and had experienced a forced landing in a field at approximately 0030Z, north west of CYQV. The aircraft had substantial damage, and the only soul on board suffered no injuries.

October 18, 2016

Accident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

TSB #A16A0101: C-FUHL, a Bell 206L helicopter operated by Newfoundland Helicopters, was conducting a sightseeing flight in the vicinity of Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) with 5 passengers and one pilot on board. About one hour and ten minutes into the flight as the helicopter was returning to Deer Lake, the pilot noticed a low fuel caution light, followed by a left fuel pump light. Within seconds, the engine (Rolls Royce 250-C20R) flamed out. The pilot completed an autorotation into a field about 4 nautical miles from the airport. During the landing, the main rotor blades contacted the tail boom, causing major damage to the helicopter. The passengers and pilot were not injured. The operator?s maintenance discovered that the bottom main tank fuel quantity sender unit?s drain holes were clogged with contaminants, which provided inaccurate fuel quantity readings. Maintenance is continuing to investigate.

February 5, 2015

Accident at 42 NM N REVELSTOKE BC (CYRV)

Update from Aviation Enforcement: This incident has been reviewed by Civil Aviation Enforcement and the appropriate action has been taken.
TSB Report#A15P0025: The Alpine Helicopters Bell 407, C-FAHI, was conducting heliski operations with one pilot and five passengers aboard. During a run-on downwind landing, the main rotor contacted the helicopters tail boom. The tail rotor driveshaft cover was damaged and the tail rotor driveshaft was creased. The aircraft's vertical winglets were also struck by the main rotor blades. The helicopter's occupants were not injured.

December 28, 2015

Accident at 64.31 NM SW RAINBOW LAKE AB (CYOP)

UPDATE from Flight Operations: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator involved for more information and was provided with additional details of this occurrence. The CASI was satisfied with the information provided and advised that no further follow-up action by Transport Canada was required at this time.
TSB#A15W0181: The Ops Mobil Inc Robinson Helicopters R44 Raven II, C-FNIT, was landing at a gas plant site approximately 64 nautical miles SW of Rainbow Lake, AB (CYOP). While touching down on the pad in front of the hangar, the aircraft slid forward and the main rotor contacted the hangar door. The aircraft rotated uncontrollably to the right. The aircraft came to rest upright 180 degrees to the landing direction. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tail boom. The pilot was not injured.

September 12, 2015

Accident at STARBUCK MB (CKJ7 )

UPDATE: TSB#A15C0132: The Winnipeg Gliding Club G102 Astir CS glider (C-GRCS) was taking off while under tow by a PA25-235 tow-plane at Starbuck, MB (CKJ7). During the initial acceleration, the right wing of the glider dragged on the ground resulting in a yaw to the right. The glider became airborne with the wing still dragging, resulting in an increased yawing motion. The glider pilot released the tow rope when the glider was a few feet above the ground with the right wing still dragging. The glider yawed further approximately 150 degrees to the right around the glider's vertical axis and impacted the ground tail first, sliding for about 75 feet on an approximate track of 200 degrees with the nose pointed on an approximate heading of 330 degrees. The aircraft came to rest on the edge of the inner triangle at the intersection of Runway 18 and Runway 27. The tail boom fractured at the aft fuselage bulkhead behind the landing gear and the canopy shattered.
Follow-up information received from Enforcement: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) has reviewed this occurrence and the appropriate action has been taken.
The Winnipeg Gliding Club called to report that a Winnipeg Gliding Club Burkhart Grob G102 ASTIR CS (C-GRCS) caught its wing on the grass while being towed for take-off and subsequently crashed. No injuries. Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was advised.

July 11, 2015

Accident at 27 NM N Slave Lake, AB

Follow-up information received from Enforcement: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) has reviewed this occurrence and the appropriate action has been taken.
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton reported an accident of a Wildcat Helicopters Bell 412 (C-FWTK). The accident occurred at 2058Z, 27 NM N of Slave Lake, AB. The pilot was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Point of departure and destination not reported.
UPDATE: JRCC SARSUM Trenton Report#[T2015-01237]: (554390N 1143740W - 26 miles NE Slave Lake, AB). 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) picked up by search and rescue satellite aided tracking (SARSAT) on helicopter (C-FWTK). The Company contacted and advised that the helicopter did a forced landing 27 miles Northeast of Slave Lake airport. Pilot was helped out of aircraft by the pilot of a forestry helicopter nearby, stabilized and transported to Slave Lake. He suffered minor injuries. No assistance required. ELT still active. Forestry helicopter will attempt to return to the site to turn off the ELT. Edmonton area control centre (ACC), flight information centre (FIC), Transportation Safety Board (TSB), and Aviation Operations were all advised.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A15W0105: The Wildcat Helicopters Bell 412, C-FWTK, was water bucketing 25 NM NNE of Slave Lake, AB, in support of forest fire operations. During an approach to refill the water bucket, a loss of directional control was experienced. The pilot attempted a landing in a muskeg area. The hard landing resulted in a severed tail boom and other substantial damage. The main driveshaft forward coupling failed. The pilot sustained minor injuries and was held in hospital overnight. The operator and TSB are continuing to investigate.

June 30, 2015

Accident at In the vicinity of: FORT SIMPSON NT (CYFS)

Follow-up information received from Enforcement: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) has reviewed this occurrence and the appropriate action has been taken.
TSB Report#A15W0097: The Thebacha Helicopters Ltd. Airbus Helicopters AS350-B2 (C-GXLD) was conducting forest fire fighting operations in the area of Fort Simpson, NT. Prior to landing in CYFS, the pilot maneuvered to set down the water bucket. While preparing to set down on the landing pad beside the bucket, the tail rotor blades contacted a fuel drum. The helicopter touched down shortly thereafter and remained upright. There was significant damage to the tail rotor, tail rotor gear box, tail boom, ventral fin and collateral damage to the horizontal stabilizer from tail rotor blade fragments. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured.

April 6, 2015

Accident at 40NM SE KEY LAKE SK (CYKJ)

TSB Report#A15C0046: The Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Bell 205A-1, C-GSIT, landed on a helipad 40 nm southeast of Key Lake, SK (CYKJ) when the pilot exited the helicopter with the engine running to attach a longline. The force trim was not set prior to exiting the helicopter and when the pilot was attaching the load, the aircraft started to spin and rotated off the helipad with nobody onboard. The aircraft collided with a metal container that was located by the helipad causing substantial damage to the boom, left skid and to the left side of the airframe. There were no injuries. The operator is reviewing their procedures to evaluate whether amendments are required.

February 4, 2015

Accident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

UPDATE: AOR #183806-V2: Subsequent assessment phoned in by Company personnel classify damage as extensive, warranting accident status for the event.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A15W0014: The Guardian Helicopters Bell 205A-1, C-FTGK, was on a training flight at Springbank, AB (CYBW). During a simulated governor failure, which was conducted approximately 500 feet above ground level, a loss of main rotor RPM occurred. A recovery was not able to be accomplished and the helicopter struck the uphill sloping ground hard. The tail boom was severed by the main rotor and there was substantial damage to the rest of the airframe. There were 2 pilots on board with 1 sustaining a major injury.
A Guardian Helicopters Bell 205A-1 (C-FTGK) on a local flight from Calgary / Springbank, AB (CYBW) was conducting circuit to the threshold of Runway 17. Pilot reported a hard landing short of the designated landing area. No impact on operations. No reported injuries and no stated damage to the aircraft.

September 19, 2014

Accident at 17 NM north of Lindsay Lake

TSB Report#A14C0147: The Ocean View Helicopters Hughes 369D, C-GBVH was engaged in power transmission line construction. The helicopter, with two linemen aboard, was in the process of transferring the linemen to a tower. As the first lineman began the skid transfer the main rotor came in contact with the top of the tower. The pilot manoeuvred the helicopter away from the tower. The second lineman remained in the back seat while the first lineman remained attached to the helicopter by the fall arrest system. The pilot was able to land the helicopter without further incident. The helicopter sustained damage to all 5 main rotor blades and the tail boom fairing.

August 28, 2014

Accident at 8 NM SW Oxbow

TSB Report#A14C0137: The Brett's Ag Services PA25-235 (C-FRXC) was on a repositioning VFR flight from a private aerodrome near Storthoaks, SK to a private aerodrome located 8nm southwest of Oxbow, SK. While on final approach, on a westerly heading, approximately 300 metres from the intended touchdown point, the aircraft contacted a semi truck that was travelling southbound on Saskatchewan highway 9. Aircraft control was retained and the landing was continued. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its main gear, left spray boom, and left wing. The propeller also struck the ground upon landing touchdown due to the compromised landing gear. The sleeper cab and windshield of the semi truck were damaged due to the impact from the aircraft. There were no injuries to the occupant of the semi truck nor to the pilot, who was wearing a shoulder harness.

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