Accident at Vicinity of Arviat


2013-01-11: UPDATE TSB A13C0003: The Custom Helicopters Ltd. Bell 206B, registration C-GGZS, was tasked by RCC Trenton to pick up two hunters stranded on sea ice roughly 8 nm NE of CYEK Arviat, Nunavut, and transport them to Arviat. The helicopter landed approximately 200 feet away from the hunters. The pilot maintained approximately 60% torque to keep the helicopter light on the skids. As the pilot gestured to the hunters to approach the aircraft the right skid broke through the ice. As the helicopter tilted to the right the main rotor struck the ice. The helicopter began to sink and water entered the cockpit. The right front windscreen was partially dislodged and the hunters helped extricate the pilot from the cockpit through the windscreen opening. Two Canadian Forces SAR Technicians parachuted to the site. All personnel were evacuated to Arviat by a Canadian Forces Griffon approximately 2.5 hours later and treated for hypothermia. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
2013-01-10: CACO reported to the NOC that a Custom Helicopters Ltd Bell Textron 206B (C-GGZS) on a VFR flight, crashed while engaged in a search and rescue operation to pick up hunters stranded on Hudson Bay. The location of the crash was 4 miles off shore at approximately 6100N/09350W. 3 POB, all injured, and were airlifted to Arviat by RCC helicopter. TSB UL and TSB WG advised.
2013-01-10: UPDATE JRCC : E.M1 - 090241Z. Overdue Boaters Arviat (610900N 0934850W - Sentry Island). 2 person overdue from a seal hunting expedition. Hunters snow machines and gear located on ice edge with no sight of them or their small plywood homebuilt boat. R340 tasked. 8 -10 local searchers on snow machines also searching ice edge. R340 located 2 persons on a large ice flow ~ 1 mile off shore. Local GSAR launching boat. A Helicopter was contracted to pick up the hunters. R477 from Cold Lake also tasked as back up to rescue plan. The chartered helicopter arrived on scene but broke through the ice. The 2 hunters were able to pull the pilot from the water. Both hunters and the chartered helicopter pilot were picked up by R477 and brought to Arviat for medical attention. At this time all 3 casualties consist of 2 Green 1 Yellow and have been released to the local medical clinic for further care. CASE CLOSED air times to follow. HERC 340 435 - 0.0, GRIF 477 417 - 0.0, Bell Jet Ranger - 0.0, HERC 343 424 - 0.0, HERC 338 435 - 0.0, CORM 902 413 - 0.0, CORM 910 413 - 0.3, CORM 902 413 - 0.0, HERC 332 413 - 0.7 [T2013-00019]


CADORS Number 2013C0108
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2013-01-09 - 22:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Nunavut, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Vicinity of Arviat
TSB Occurrence Number A13C0003
TSB Class of Investigation Class 5
AOR Number 156404-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Evacuation,Abnormal runway contact

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GGZS | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Custom Helicopters Ltd.
Operator CUSTOM HELICOPTERS LTD. (3207) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BELL TEXTRON - CAN
Model 206B
Year Built 1975
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make ALLISON
Engine Model  Silhouette image of 250-C20
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart 702
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Substantial
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
Events Roll over,Evacuation (aircraft),Propeller/rotor strike

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