Accident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE)
2001-05-08: UPDATE TSB reported that the privately-operated Robinson R22 Beta helicopter was enroute on a flight itinerary from a well site to a gas plant in the Bison Lake area, 70 NM north of Peace River, Alberta. During level flight, the low rotor rpm horn sounded. The pilot entered auto rotation and then noticed that the clutch light was on. The clutch circuit breaker was then pulled. The auto rotation landing was completed in a pipeline right of way. The helicopter began to tip forward as it made contact with the soft ground and aft cyclic was used to prevent a nose-over, which in turn caused the main rotor blades to sever the tail boom. RCC detected an ELT signal and dispatched an aircraft to commence a search. When the pilot was overdue, All Points Helicopters dispatched another helicopter and found the pilot three hours after the occurrence. The SAR aircraft was recalled before reaching the search area. The pilot had no injuries. The AMO will be submitting an SDR to Transport Canada.
2001-05-03: The pilot of C-GTAR, a Robinson R22, was departing a well site for a gas plant about 70 miles north of Peace River. During transition from lift-off to forward flight, the pilot observed a low rotor warning light. He elected to land immediately in a pipeline right-of-way and during the landing, the helicopter pitched forward on soft ground. The pilot attempted to correct by pitching back and the helicopter tail boom then struck the ground and detached from the a/c. The pilot was not injured and was picked up about 3 hours later by another company helicopter. The company will recover the helicopter and assess the damage.
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