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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23467
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L LongRanger
Owner/operator:Canadian Coast Guard
Registration: C-GCHN
MSN: 45136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Margaree River, Nova Scotia -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:East Margaree, Nova Scotia
Destination airport:East Margaree, Nova Scotia
The pilot of the Canadian Coast Guard helicopter departed East Margaree, Nova Scotia, on a fisheries surveillance flight with his daughter and two Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers on board. The flight was nearing completion and they were flying at a low altitude over the Margaree River when the helicopter struck a power line which spanned the river. The helicopter became uncontrollable and struck the ice-covered surface of the river. The pilot was fatally injured, and the three passengers were seriously injured.

The Board determined that the pilot did not see the power line in time to take avoidance action. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's decision to conduct the portion of the flight over the river at low altitude without having first completed a reconnaissance of the area for obstructions, and the absence of clearly defined procedures on the conduct of fisheries surveillance flights.



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27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added

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