Accident at RIGOLET NL (CCZ2)

Summary

2015-08-07: A Canadian Helicopters Limited Aerospatiale AS350 BA (C-GBPS) crashed while performing work at a hydro site near Rigolet (CCZ2), Labrador. Search and Rescue (SAR) was dispatched and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attended the scene. One fatality; the two other occupants were airlifted out with unspecified injuries. Aircraft crash was reported by company to Halifax Flight Information Center (FIC).
2015-08-13: UPDATE: JRCC SARSUM Report#[S2015-00376]: (541375N 0622003W - Moliak - 86NM NW Goose Bay, NL). Canadian Helicopters (CHC) reported that one of the helicopters had crashed 86 NM NW of Goose Bay with 3 persons on board. All military assets were stood down when another CHC helicopter evacuated the survivors to Rigolet, NL.
2016-12-01: UPDATE According to the TSB Final Report A15A0045 authorized for release on 13 October 2016: On 30 July 2015, the Canadian Helicopters Limited Airbus Helicopters AS 350 BA helicopter (registration C-GBPS, serial number 1277) had been flown to a remote microwave tower site approximately 5 nautical miles west-southwest of Rigolet, Newfoundland and Labrador, with a pilot and 2 passengers on board. At about 1609 Atlantic Daylight Time, the helicopter lifted off from the helipad at the tower site and struck a tower guy wire with the main rotor. The helicopter struck the ground and settled on its upper right side. One passenger sustained fatal injuries, the pilot sustained serious injuries, and the other passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was destroyed. The 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter did not activate. There was no post-crash fire. The accident occurred during daylight hours.
2015-08-24: Update: TSB report #A15A0045: The Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Airbus Helicopters AS350 BA (registration C-GBPS) had been flown to a remote communication tower site approximately 5 nm west southwest of Rigolet, NL with a pilot and two passengers on board. At about 16:09 Atlantic Daylight Time, the helicopter lifted off the helipad at the tower site and struck a tower guy wire with the main rotor. The helicopter contacted the ground and came to rest on its right side. One passenger sustained fatal injuries. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the other passenger received minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage; the 406 emergency locator transmitter did not activate. A small amount of fuel was released; there was no post-crash fire. The accident occurred during daylight hours.

Details


CADORS Number 2015A0667
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 2015-07-30 - 20:03
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 1
Injuries 2
Aerodrome ID CCZ2
Aerodrome Name RIGOLET NL (CCZ2)
Geographic Location Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America, Atlantic Region, Near RIGOLET NL (CCZ2)
TSB Occurrence Number A15A0045
TSB Class of Investigation Class 3
AOR Number 190492-V1
Reported By NAV CANADA, Search and Rescue, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.,Abnormal runway contact
Events



Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GBPS | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Canadian Helicopters Limited Hélicoptères Canadiens Limitée
Operator CANADIAN HELICOPTERS LIMITED/ HÉLICOPTÈRES CANADIENS LIMITÉE (11988) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
AEROSPATIALE
Model AS 350 BA
Year Built 1981
Engine Type Turbo shaft
Engine Make TURBOMECA
Engine Model ARRIEL 1B
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule VFR
CARS Subpart 703
Phase of Flight Takeoff
Damage Destroyed
Fatalities 1
Injuries 2
Events Roll over,Collision with terrain,Wire strike

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