Accident at 7 NM SE of EKATI NT (CYOA)
2001-05-07: C-GINB, a Bell 206, was departing Drill Site ""G"" about 7 NM southeast of Ekati, NT with a sling load enroute to drill site ""H"". As the helicopter was lifting off the ground with a 50 foot long line, the downwash created near whiteout conditions for the pilot, who lost situational awareness. The helicopter subsequently descended onto the frozen lake, rolled and came to rest on it's side with substantial damage. The pilot was taken to a nursing station and released with no injuries. He was wearing a helmet and a 4-point harness. TSB will be following up with the operator.
2001-05-08: UPDATE TSB reported that the Arctic Sunwest Bell 206B-III was performing slinging operations on a camp move 7 NM southeast of Ekati, NT. While picking up a load on a frozen lake, the pilot lost sight of all visual references and the helicopter subsequently contacted the lake, causing substantial damage. The sky condition was described as a uniform overcast with no precipitation falling. The pilot sustained no injuries.
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