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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23210
Last updated: 23 May 2019
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Date:28-DEC-2004
Time:14:15 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Flying Dog Helicopters LLC
Registration: N313AL
C/n / msn: 10056
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fairmont Hot Springs, 15 miles West of Canal Flats, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cranbrook, BC (CYXC)
Destination airport:Revelstoke, BC (CYRV)
Narrative:
On December 28, 2004, a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter landed at the Cranbrook, B.C., airport at 12:37 Mountain Standard Time (MST). There, the pilot filled the fuel tanks to capacity and obtained weather and flight-planning information. The helicopter departed Cranbrook at 13:43 MST for Revelstoke, B.C., evidently following the VFR route north along the Columbia River, towards Fairmont Hot Springs. The flight was expected to take 2 hr. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the aircraft was seen operating in visual meteorological conditions under an overcast, in an area where the visibility was approximately five miles.

Reportedly, witnesses saw the aircraft in cruise flight a few minutes prior to the accident, and although no one reported seeing the crash itself, the resultant post-crash fire brought the event to the attention of the local citizens. Initial reports indicated that the wreckage was confined to one small area, with essentially no crash track spread along the terrain.

At 14:15 MST, the helicopter struck steep terrain 33 NM north-northwest of Cranbrook, at the 4 200-ft level in a mountainous region. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter destroyed by impact forces and a severe post-crash fire.

Sources:

1. TSB Canada: http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2004/a04p0422/a04p0422.pdf
2. NTSB Identification: SEA05WA031 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20050114X00052&ntsbno=SEA05WA031&akey=1
3. https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=313AL
4. http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/355645/publication.html
5. https://forums.verticalmag.com/topic/1980-helicopter-fatal/


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(c) TSB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
24-Dec-2008 12:27 harro Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
20-Oct-2018 22:02 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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