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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23172
Last updated: 6 March 2021
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Date:07-FEB-2008
Time:c. 14:54 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 212
Owner/operator:Sequoia Helicopters
Registration: C-GERH
C/n / msn: 30768
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:9 nm W of Golden, BC -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:PHS Lodge nr Golden, BC
Destination airport:PHS Lodge nr Golden, BC
Narrative:
During the approach to a landing site to drop off skiers at approximately 1454 mountain standard time, the main rotor blades struck the mountainside. The helicopter remained upright, but the main rotor separated from the helicopter and struck the fuselage. The pilot received fatal injuries and the ski guide seated in the front left seat received serious injuries. The guide and skiers seated in the rear of the helicopter were uninjured. The uninjured guide shut off the fuel valves and turned the battery switches off. There was no fire. The survivors were evacuated using local helicopter operators.

TSB Finding as to Causes and Contributing Factors
1. The helicopterís main rotor blades contacted the mountainside during the landing in poor visibility for undetermined reasons. The main rotor separated and struck the fuselage.
Other Finding
1. Further injury was reduced by the ski guideís shutdown of the helicopterís fuel and electrical systems and by implementing Purcell Helicopter Skiingís emergency response plan.

Sources:

CADORS 2008P0192
Calgary Herald
Golden News
http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2008/a08p0035/a08p0035.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
20-Oct-2008 00:32 RobertMB Updated
08-Jun-2014 17:47 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
08-Jun-2014 17:50 TB Updated [Time, Source]
08-Jun-2014 17:57 TB Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Sep-2014 20:31 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2016 12:48 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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