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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75287
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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Date:09-APR-2003
Time:ca 15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Trek Enterprises
Registration: C-GRDI
C/n / msn: 0900
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13nm SE of Peace River, Alberta -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
C-GRDI, a Robinson R44 helicopter with 2 people on board, had been working south of Peace River and the pilot had filed a company note. At 23:28 UTC, the SARSAT formed a case in the Peace River area, although no ELT signal was heard by any high fliers in the region. FSS considered the helicopter overdue and began a communication search, and it was determined that C-GRDI was missing. The local CASARA group was tasked and was airborne at 01:10 UTC along with a number of local commercial helicopters.

At 02:20 UTC the helicopter was found 13 nautical miles southeast of Peace River and a short time later, the 2 people on board were rescued and taken to hospital. The individuals had sustained serious injuries and the helicopter is believed to be substantially damaged. The helicopter was on a company itinerary doing local work in the area

UPDATE TSB reported that the Trek Enterprises Inc. Robinson R44, C-GRDI, was conducting a local flight in the Peace River, Alberta area with two persons on board. At 17:28 MDT Trenton RCC received their first notification that SARSAT had formed a case from an aircraft ELT in the Peace River area. At 20:03 MDT the R44 was located by a local helicopter company and paramedics were dispatched. At 20:26 MDT paramedics were on scene to attend to the pilot and passenger who had received serious injuries as a result of the crash. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

Two TSB investigators were dispatched to the scene. THE REPORT FROM TRENTON RCC STATES: SARSAT FORMED A CASE SW OF PEACE RIVER, AB.INVESTIGATION REVEALED AN OVERDUE AIRCRAFT WAS AN R44; A LOCAL TRAINING HELICOPTER. CASARA A/C TASKED FROM GRAND PRAIRIE AND R305 HERC TASKED FROM WINNIPEG. COMPANY CHARTERED HELO ARRIVED ON SCENE CRASH SITE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CASARA A/C. 2 SERIOUSLY INJURED AIRLIFTED BY 2 LOCAL HELO""S TO HOSPITAL. HERC STOODDOWN JUST PRIOR TO TAKE OFF. R305 TIMINGS TRANSIT .4 HRS. CASARA AB/05/GQGC TIMINGS CASE CLOSED. TSB ADVISED.

Sources:

1. CADORS 2003C0448
2. http://www.rotorspot.nl/product/r44.htm
3. http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2003/a03w0074/a03w0074.asp


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Jun-2010 10:05 slowkid Added
13-Jan-2012 11:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2014 15:59 TB Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Sep-2016 21:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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