, 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-FILL
ING 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.