Accident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE)
2003-04-10: C-GRDI, a Robinson R44 helicopter with 2 people on board, had been working south of Peace River and the pilot had filed a company note. At 2328Z, the SARSAT formed a case in the Peace River area, although no ELT signal was heard by any high fliers in the region. FSS considered the helicopter overdue and began a communication search, and it was determined that C-GRDI was missing. The local CASARA group was tasked and was airborne at 0110Z along with a number of local commercial helicopters. At 0220Z the helicopter was found 13 NM southeast of Peace River and a short time later, the 2 people on board were rescued and taken to hospital. The individuals had sustained serious injuries and the helicopter is believed to be substantially damaged. The helicopter was on a company itinerary doing local work in the area. TSB Edmonton has sent 2 investigators to the site and a Minister's Observer has been appointed by System Safety.
2003-04-11: UPDATE TSB reported that the Trek Enterprises Inc. Robinson R44, C-GRDI, was conducting a local flight in the Peace River, AB area with two persons on board. At 1728 MDT Trenton RCC received their first notification that SARSAT had formed a case from an aircraft ELT in the Peace River area. At 2003 the R44 was located by a local helicopter company and paramedics were dispatched. At 2026 paramedics were on scene to attend to the pilot and passenger who had received serious injuries as a result of the crash. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Two TSB investigators were dispatched to the scene. THE REPORT FROM TRENTON RCC STATES: SARSAT FORMED A CASE SW OF PEACE RIVER, AB.INVESTIGATION REVEALED AN OVERDUE AIRCRAFT WAS AN R44; A LOCAL TRAINING HELICOPTER. CASARA A/C TASKED FROM GRAND PRAIRIE AND R305 HERC TASKED FROM WINNIPEG. COMPANY CHARTERED HELO ARRIVED ON SCENE CRASH SITE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CASARA A/C. 2 SERIOUSLY INJURED AIRLIFTED BY 2 LOCAL HELO""S TO HOSPITAL. HERC STOODDOWN JUST PRIOR TO TAKE OFF. R305 TIMINGS TRANSIT .4 HRS. CASARA AB/05/GQGC TIMINGS CASE CLOSED. TSB ADVISED.
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