Accident at Vicinity of Pelican Narrows, SK


1999-07-07: C-FUNT, a Sikorsky S55 B/T, was conducting fire suppression activities with a water bucket near Pelican Narrows when it crashed into a lake about 150 feet from the shore. The pilot was able to exit the helicopter without injury, but the helicopter is reported to be substantially damaged and partially submerged. Two investigators from the TSB are enroute to the site and more details will be available. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that THE ATHABASKA AIRWAYS SIKORSKY S55B/T, C-FUNT, WAS IN THE HOVER RE-FILLING A 'BAMBI' BUCKET. AS THE PILOT WAS LOWERING THE BUCKET INTO THE WATER, HE HEARD THE ENGINE SPOOL DOWN. THE PILOT AUTOROTATED INTO THE WATER AND EXITED THE HELICOPTER AS IT SUBMERGED AFTER THE BLADES CONTACTED THE WATER AND STOPPED. A SITE VISIT WAS COMPLETED BY TSB INVESTIGATORS AND THE HELICOPTER WAS SLUNG TO THE FIRE BASE FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION. THE ENGINE AND COMPONENTS WERE LEFT INTACT FOR DETAILED EXAMINATION WHEN THE HELICOPTER IS TRANSPORTED TO THE COMPANY BASE.


CADORS Number 1999C0443
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 1999-06-09 - 16:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Vicinity of Pelican Narrows, SK
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Loss of control - inflight,Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration FUNT | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of SIKORSKY
Model S55B
Year Built 1952
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Loss of control - inflight,Collision with terrain

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