Accident at CAMBRIDGE BAY NU (CYCB)

Summary

2003-05-14: UPDATE TSB reported that the Bell 206L-4, registration C-GTHE was en route Cambridge Bay to Resolute Bay. The aircraft was flying in a valley at an approximate altitude of 150-200 feet AGL when it encountered a snow squall coming off a ridge. The pilot's visability began to deteriorate and he elected to land on a gravel clearing. While approaching the clearing, the pilot experienced a whiteout as a result of the rotor wash on the loose snow in the surrounding area. The helicopter landed hard and rolled onto its right side in a dynamic rollover. The pilot received minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot was able to contact Resolute Bay with the radio of the helicopter and was picked up a short while later by a Twin Otter aircraft.
2003-05-12: The pilot of C-GTHE, a Newfoundland-based Bell 206 Long Ranger, was on a VFR flight from Cambridge Bay to Resolute Bay when he encountered a local snow squall and attempted to make a precautionary landing on Somerset Island. It was reported that the rotor blades contacted terrain, resulting in substantial damage to the helicopter and minor injuries to the pilot.The ELT was activated and was subsequently turned off at 2359Z when the pilot was rescued by a DHC-6 Twin Otter that had been dispatched from Resolute Bay for the search. TSB has been advised.

Details


CADORS Number 2003C0560
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-05-11 - 22:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 1
Aerodrome ID CYCB
Aerodrome Name CAMBRIDGE BAY NU (CYCB)
Geographic Location Nunavut, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Somerset Island (Aston Bay - 7332N 9355W)
TSB Occurrence Number A03C0109
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 29141
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Wind shear or thunderstorm,Other,Loss of control - ground,Abnormal runway contact
Events



Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GTHE | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner UNIVERSAL HELICOPTERS NEWFOUNDLAND LIMITED
Operator UNIVERSAL HELICOPTERS NEWFOUNDLAND LIMITED (316) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BELL
BELL
Model 206L 4
Year Built 1993
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make ALLISON
Engine Model 250-C30P
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 1
Events Roll over,Precautionary landing,Propeller/rotor strike,Weather - visibility,Weather - precipitation

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