Incident at 048:30 W 46:27 N (Oil Rig)


2003-04-01: TSB - Narrative - A Sikorsky SK61 helicopter crew was transporting 10 passengers and two crew to the offshore oil rig 'Henry Goodrich'. On lift off from St. John's the pilot felt the collective stick a bit. The collective friction was reduced and the stickiness disappeared. On approach to the oil rig the possibility of the collective sticking was discussed, and all friction was removed. Approaching the helideck the collective jammed as it was being raised, and it could not be raised further. The aircraft continued to descend over the deck. As ground cushion was encountered the aircraft stopped descending and came to a 10 foot hover. Rotor rpm was reduced to effect a successful landing. After landing the friction sleeve lock wire and friction block screws were removed. Free collective movement was attained and the flight continued without further incident. The collective friction had been adjusted the night before the occurrence. It was noted to be normal during the pre-flight checks.


CADORS Number 2003A0196
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2003-03-27 - 21:30
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, 048:30 W 46:27 N (Oil Rig)
TSB Occurrence Number A03A0037
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant],Loss of control - inflight

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration FTIG | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator COUGAR HELICOPTERS INC. (4791) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of SIKORSKY
Model S61N
Year Built 1972
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Model CT58-140-1
Gear Type
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Flight control systems (ailerons, rudder, rotors, flaps, main, tail),Loss of control - inflight

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