Accident at SWAN HILLS AB( CEM5)


2003-05-29: The pilot and passenger in C-GDRC, a Robinson R22 helicopter, were conducting a pipeline patrol about 5 NM north of Swan Hills, AB. They were maneuvering at low altitude and during a turn, the helicopter lost rotor RPM and began to descend. The pilot managed to level the a/c before it struck the ground. The resulting hard landing collapsed the landing gear and crumpled the belly panels. The two occupants were not injured but were taken to a nursing station for precautionary examinations. There were no reported mechanical issues with the machine prior to the occurrence. TSB has been in touch with the company.
2003-06-02: UPDATE TSB reported that the Airborne Energy Solutions Ltd. Robinson R22 Beta, C-GDRC, was performing a pipe line patrol in the Swan Hills, AB area. During a climbing turn to downwind the helicopter entered a low rotor rpm condition and the aircraft landed hard beside a road. There were no injuries to the pilot or the thermal imaging operator. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the skids, engine fire wall, transmission mounts and the belly skins.


CADORS Number 2003C0661
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-05-29 - 11:40
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CEM5
Aerodrome Name SWAN HILLS AB( CEM5)
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 5 NM N of Swan Hills
TSB Occurrence Number A03W0103
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 29499
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Loss of control - inflight,Controlled flight into or toward terrain,Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GDRC | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator AIRBORNE ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD. (4136) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of ROBINSON
Model R22 BETA
Year Built 1990
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make  Silhouette image of AVCO LYCOMING
Engine Model O-320-B2C
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Hard landing,Loss of control - inflight,Collision with terrain

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