Accident at RIGOLET NL (CCZ2)
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.
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