Incident at St. John's NFLD


1997-07-03: C-GQCH AS32 was conducting ILS approach to runway 29 at St. John's and as the helicopter was about to touch down, the crew realized that they were lower than normal and went into the hover. However, as collective pitch was applied to start the hover the nose of the helicopter dropped resulting in the Comm antenna and the FM antenna striking the surface. Once the hover was established the landing gear was lowered and the helicopter landed without further incident. The damage was confined to the Comm and FM antenna and FM supporting structure on the fuselage. The helicopter was equipped with a horn to warn the crew that the gear was not down. However, for the horn to activate the helicopter has to be below 200 feet radar altimeter altitude and the airspeed has to be below 60 MPH. In this occurrence the autopilot was engaged and the airspeed remained above 60 MPH. At the time of the occurrence there was a 100 foot overcast ceiling. The company aviation safety officer will be conducting an investigation to determine why the check list was not followed and will also be looking at the ILS Approach Procedures.


CADORS Number 1997A0327
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By
Occurred At 1997-07-01 - 22:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, St. John's NFLD
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Reported By
Categories Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GQCH | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
Model AS 332L
Year Built
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Engine Make
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Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Collision with terrain

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