Incident at 4749N 05354W


2005-02-22: TSB Update A05A0023: The AS-332L helicopter, C-GTCH, departed St. John's to carry out a long-line slinging operation in the Bull Arm area. On arrival at the site, an ""on site"" risk analysis was carried out between the customer and PIC. All flight and ground crew were briefed on: load description and weights, number of loads, signals, escape routes, for ground crew, approach and departure areas, and emergency procedures. Once all members of the sling team were briefed and precautionary measures were discussed and understood a trial run was conducted to the delivery area to assess site accessibility, weather conditions, visual acuity, and escape paths. The first load (2000 lbs) was delivered without incident or difficulty. The Second load (3500 lbs) was being delivered and while being set, came in contact with a sharp rock outcrop. The 180 foot ""Amsteel"" long line was cleanly severed 20 feet from the load. The load ended up short of the delivery area landing safely away from the upwind safety side of the delivery area. There was no recoil from long line when it severed and the operator reported that it was for this reason that they use the ""Amsteel"" long line. There was no damage to the helicopter or injuries to any of the personnel involved in the slinging operation. TSB Case Closed
2005-02-21: The Cougar Helicopter AS332L (C-GTCH) was slinging a 3500 lb load when the ""Amsteel"" sling line came in contact with a sharp rock outcrop. The line was cleanly severed 20 feet form the sling load and the load landed short of the delivery area. There was no recoil from the Amsteel line and there was no damage to the helicopter.


CADORS Number 2005A0121
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2005-02-18 - 14:25
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, 4749N 05354W
TSB Occurrence Number A05A0023
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GTCH | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator COUGAR HELICOPTERS INC. (4791) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
Model AS 332L
Year Built 1983
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Model MAKILA 1A
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage No Damage
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Other operational incident

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