Accident at AYLMER LAKE

Summary

1996-01-17: HU5 HUGHES 500 GREAT SLAVE HELICOPTERS C-FGSU HAD JUST PICKED UP A SURVEY CREW AT A REMOTE SITE AND WAS RETURNING THEM TO THE BASE CAMP. THE WX WAS 1 MILE IN SNOW. HIS ROUTE OF FLIGHT REQUIRED TRANSIT OF A SNOW COVERED LAKE ABOUT 3.5 MILES WIDE. THE PILOT INTENDED TO FOLLOW AN ICE PRESSURE RIDGE FOR VISUAL REFERENCE OVER THE LAKE. HE COULD NOT SEE THE RIDGE WHEN HE LEFT THE SHORE LINE BUT EXPECTED TO PICK IT UP A SHORT DISTANCE OUT. BEFORE HE FOUND THE RIDGE HE GLANCED INTO THE COCKPIT TO CHECK HIS INSTRUMENTS. WHEN HE LOOKED OUT OF THE COCKPIT HE COULD NOT REESTABLISH VISUAL REFERENCE IN THE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. HE HELD THE CYCLIC NEUTRAL AND LOWERED THE COLLECTIVE TO MINIMIZE THE INEVITABLE IMPACT WITH THE ICE SURFACE. FORWARD SPEED WAS LESS THAN 20 MPH INTO WIND. THE HELICOPTER LANDED HEAVILY LEFT SKID LOW AND ROLLED ONTO ITS LEFT SIED. THE HELICOPTER WAS DESTROYED AS THE BLADES AND TAIL SEPARATED DURING THE CRASH. THERE WERE ONLY MINOR INJURIES TO THE PASSENGERS AND PILOT. SAR WAS ALERTED BY THE COMPANY. COMPANY PERSONNEL ON SNOWMOBILES REACHED THE SURVIVORS IN ABOUT SIX HOURS. TIME = 2030Z. ACTION = TSB.Air1: Air2: Air3: Occurrence: Class: JJCategory: 110 272

Details


CADORS Number 1994C0026
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By
Occurred At 1994-01-28 - Unknown time
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, AYLMER LAKE
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Reported By
Categories Other,Controlled flight into or toward terrain
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Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration FGSU | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner GREAT SLAVE HELICOPTERS LTD
Operator GREAT SLAVE HELICOPTERS LTD. (4756) Commercial
Make HUGHES
Model 369E
Year Built 1983
Engine Type Turbo shaft
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Engine Model
Gear Type
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Weather - visibility,Collision with terrain

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