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.


CADORS Number 2001C0425
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Search and Rescue
Occurred At 2001-05-02 - 15:00
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYPE
Aerodrome Name PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE)
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 70 NM N of Peace River
TSB Occurrence Number A01W0100
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number
Reported By Search and Rescue
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant],Controlled flight into or toward terrain,Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GTAR | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of ROBINSON
Model R22 BETA
Year Built 1991
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model O-320-B2C
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Climb
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Engine - malfunction,Collision with terrain,Hard landing

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