Accident at NORMAN WELLS NT (CYVQ)

Summary

2003-07-11: While landing on the crest of a mountain about 85 NM south of Norman Wells, in gusty winds, C-GMEY, an Aerospatiale AS 350 helicopter landed hard on one skid and tipped over. Substantial damage was reported, but the were no injuries to the pilot and his 4 passengers. Another company helicopter was to fly to the site to pick up the pilot. TSB reported that the helicopter was attempting to land at the 6,300-foot level of the mountain and the pilot had made 3 prior passes to inspect the landing site. As the helicopter was making the final approach, it encountered a wind shift from a headwind to a tailwind, causing the helicopter to sink and land hard. It then rolled onto its right side and came to rest. The four passengers are university paleontolgy professors, who remained at the site to explore for bones.

Details


CADORS Number 2003C0929
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-07-10 - 21:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYVQ
Aerodrome Name NORMAN WELLS NT (CYVQ)
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, 85 NM S of Norman Wells
TSB Occurrence Number A03W0143
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 30585
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Turbulence encounter,Loss of control - ground,Abnormal runway contact
Events



Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GMEY | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner CANADIAN HELICOPTERS LIMITED/HELICOPTERES CANADIENS LIMITEE
Operator CANADIAN HELICOPTERS LIMITED/ HÉLICOPTÈRES CANADIENS LIMITÉE (11988) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
AEROSPATIALE
Model AS 350B1
Year Built 1977
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make TURBOMECA
Engine Model ARRIEL 1B
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Weather - clear air turbulence (CAT)/turbulence,Roll over,Hard landing,Propeller/rotor strike

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