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.


CADORS Number 2001C0442
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2001-05-06 - 23:10
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 7 NM SE of EKATI NT (CYOA)
TSB Occurrence Number A01W0102
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 15135
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Other,Loss of control - inflight,Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GINB | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator 171817 CANADA INC. (6198) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BELL
Model 206B
Year Built 1983
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make ALLISON
Engine Model 250-C20J
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 Loss of control - inflight,Propeller/rotor strike,Collision with terrain,Weather - visibility

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