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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23469
Last updated: 10 February 2021
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Date:20-OCT-1997
Time:20:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-2 JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Yellowhead Helicopters
Registration: C-GWXJ
C/n / msn: 1791
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gordondale, Alberta 8 nm SW -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:SU
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Alberta Department of Environmental Protection, Lands and Forests division, chartered the Bell 206B helicopter to conduct aerial timber management inspections. In the morning, cut blocks south of Grande Prairie, Alberta, were inspected, and areas northwest of Grande Prairie were being inspected in the afternoon. The afternoon flight reported airborne from Grande Prairie at 1338 mountain daylight time (MDT), and there was no further radio contact. Beginning at 1455, several attempts were made to establish radio contact with the helicopter, but there was no response. A local search helicopter, with three forestry officers on board, was dispatched at 1545, and, at 1700, they reported that they had spotted the missing helicopter. As a precautionary measure, a second helicopter was dispatched with a forestry officer and two paramedics on board to provide medical aid, if required.

The helicopter crashed approximately 52 miles northwest of Grande Prairie, in the vicinity of the cut blocks that were being inspected. The helicopter descended into the trees in a steep right-bank and steep nose-down attitude. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact and by the post-impact fire. The pilot and the two forestry officers sustained fatal injuries.

The cause of the loss of control of the helicopter that led to a steep right-bank and nose-down descent to the ground could not be determined.

Sources:

1997C0742

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/1997/a97w0227/a97w0227.asp


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
13-Apr-2009 16:08 nitroglycol Updated
13-Apr-2009 16:08 nitroglycol Updated

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