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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149231
Last updated: 16 August 2021
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Date:19-SEP-2012
Time:18:01 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: C-GWGV *
MSN: 4603
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East of Cowley, AB -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Calgary, AB
Narrative:
The privately operated Bell 206B helicopter had landed on the shoreline of the Oldman River, with a pilot and one passenger on board, in order to access a fly fishing site. Following departure from the site, the helicopter flew into an unmarked single wire power cable that spanned the river approximately one-quarter mile from the landing site. A section of the number 2 gauge cable wrapped around the mast and pitch links, resulting in a loss of control, and a forced landing was carried out in a field immediately adjacent to the river. The helicopter struck the ground twice before coming to rest in a partially upright position; it sustained substantial damage. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was uninjured. The downed power cable ignited a grass fire which spread across a large section of the field.

Good VFR weather conditions existed at the time of the occurrence. The pilot had flown into the area in the past but was unaware of the cable. The helicopter was not fitted with a wire strike protection kit. The power pole that supported the cable on one end of the span was marked with red and white stripes; the opposite pole was obscured by trees. The power cable has been replaced and is now marked with two white cones on the section above the river.

*Transport Canada repored the helicopter to be a Bell 206B built in 2006. The only 2006 Bell 206B on the Canadian aircraft register is C-GWGV. Registration therefor assumed, not confirmed.

Sources:

1. http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/09/19/calgary-pair-survive-helicopter-crash-near-cowley
2. CADORS Nr. 2012C4146
3. TSB Occurrence No: A12W0133


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Sep-2012 23:54 gerard57 Added
20-Sep-2012 04:13 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source]
20-Sep-2012 04:17 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Narrative]
20-Sep-2012 13:28 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Narrative]
20-Sep-2012 13:40 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Narrative]
10-Apr-2015 19:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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