Accident at 20 NM E of Fairview, AB


1999-05-03: The helicopter was on a VFR flight plan from Peace River to Fairview, AB. The pilot noticed the engine temperature light illuminate and then detected the acrid smell of smoke. He decided to land the helicopter immediately and investigate further once the machine was on the ground. While descending, the cabin began to fill with smoke, the pilot opened his window to alleviate the problem, however it was extremely difficult for him to see as the situation rapidly deteriorated. The pilot was able to land the aircraft and he and the one passenger on board deplaned the helicopter and stood by and watched while it was totally destroyed by fire. The RCMP were called to secure the area. There were no injuries to either the pilot or his passenger. The Transportation Safety Board will update as information becomes available. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that the helicopter was in cruise flight at 500 feet AGL when the battery temperature light illuminated. The pilot then noticed an electrical type of smell and decided to land immediately. As he turned into wind at 300 feet AGL, the cabin began to fill with smoke, followed by a complete electrical failure. After touchdown, the engines were secured and the 2 occupants exited the helicopter. The aircraft was then consumed by fire.


CADORS Number 1999C0311
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 1999-04-28 - 23:38
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 20 NM E of Fairview, AB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GTUI | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
Year Built 1981
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Forced landing,Electrical problem

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