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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187047
Last updated: 19 August 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 AStar
Owner/operator:Temsco Helicopters Inc
Registration: N94TH
C/n / msn: 2548
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Denver Glacier, Skagway, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Temsco's Denver Glacier Dog Camp
Destination airport:Skagway Heliport, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft impacted glacial terrain on Denver Glacier east of Skagway, Alaska, shortly after dropping off supplies at Temsco's sled dog camp. The helicopter sustained damage to the main rotor system, the fuselage, the tailboom, and the tail rotor system and the pilot received fatal injuries. Weather may have been a factor to the accident. State Troopers said they were made aware of the incident at 20:26 by the U.S. Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau.

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on May 9, the operator reported that the pilot departed from the operator's heliport to drop off one passenger and 12 dogs at a remote dog sledding camp situated on the Denver Glacier. The pilot dropped off the single passenger and the 12 dogs and departed to return to the heliport with the dog crates onboard the helicopter. The helicopter flew towards the previously used aerial return route to the southwest, and then the helicopter turned and flew to the north. Visibility was reported for the previously used aerial return route as about 1/4 mile, and to the north of the dog sledding camp visibility was reported as about 1/2 mile.


Revision history:

07-May-2016 22:50 Geno Added
08-May-2016 09:48 CTYONE Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
08-May-2016 13:48 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2016 22:02 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Nature, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2016 11:11 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
10-May-2016 11:13 Aerossurance Updated [Time]
20-May-2016 06:11 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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