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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 94949
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Time:20:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 Beta
Owner/operator:Helijet International
Registration: C-FAAD
C/n / msn: 0970
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:north-west end of Douglas Island, near Pitt Meadows, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (YVR/CYVR)
Destination airport:Pitt Meadows, British Columbia (CYPK)
The Robinson R22 Beta helicopter, C-FAAD, was on solo training flight from Vancouver International Airport. On establishing an 8 to 10-foot hover from a normal approach to a clear area at the north-west end of Douglas Island, near Pitt Meadows Airport, a grinding noise was heard from behind the cockpit. The pilot immediately lowered the collective to land but the helicopter suddenly pitched nose down significantly. As the helicopter contacted the ground, it rolled onto its left side. The pilot, who was not injured, turned off the fuel and master switches before exiting the aircraft.

It was determined that the helicopter was on an approach to landing and struck the tail during the flare which resulted in the tail boom being cut off.

Aircraft presumably written off (damaged beyond repair) as the registration C-FAAD was belatedly cancelled on 09-04-2009. (The registration mark as re-allocated to a Rans RV-6A on 25-08-2009)


1. CADORS Query No. 2001P0136
2. TSB Occurrence No:A01P0033

Revision history:

01-Mar-2011 06:37 slowkid Added
26-Sep-2016 12:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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