Accident at 20 NM E of Cross Lake, MB

Summary

1999-07-23: A99C0170: THE PILOT OF THE BELL 204B, C-GSHB, WAS ARRIVING AT A FIRE CAMP IN THE VICINITY OF CROSS LAKE, MB, TO PICK UP FIREFIGHTERS AT A NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED PAD. THE PILOT MANEUVERED TO AVOID AN AREA CONTAINING PEOPLE, AND HAD DIFFICULTY IN MAINTAINING SIGHT OF THE PAD. JUST BEFORE TOUCHDOWN, THE TAIL ROTOR OF THE HELICOPTER STRUCK A TREE BRANCH, WHICH HAD NOT BEEN VISIBLE TO THE PILOT ON APPROACH TO THE SITE. THE PILOT LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT, AND INSPECTED THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT REPORTEDLY CONSIDERED THE AIRCRAFT SAFE FOR A FERRY FLIGHT AND FLEW THE AIRCRAFT TO NORWAY HOUSE WITH NO PASSENGERS. ENGINEERS THERE FOUND DAMAGE TO THE TAIL ROTOR. THEY REPLACED THE TAIL ROTOR, DRIVESHAFT AND ASSOCIATED GEAR BOXES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BELL REPAIR SCHEDULE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED ON 21 JULY 1999. COMPANY OFFICIALS ADVISED THAT PERSONNELL INVOLVED WITH THE OCCURRENCE HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH FIRE WORK IN THE FIELD AND HAD FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO REPORT THE OCCURRENCE AT AN EARLIER DATE. OPI - Enforcement

Details


CADORS Number 1999C0603
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 1999-07-05 - 20:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Manitoba, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 20 NM E of Cross Lake, MB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.,Abnormal runway contact
Events



Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GSHB | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner CANADIAN TERRITORIAL HELICOPTERS INC
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BELL
BELL
Model 204B
Year Built 1966
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make LYCOMING
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Propeller/rotor strike,Collision with object

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