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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24695
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Date:26-JUL-1994
Time:19:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Frontier Helicopters
Registration: C-GLGF
MSN: 2421
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Watson Lake Airport, Yukon 1.8 nm S -   Canada
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Bell 206B helicopter was being utilized to transport a two-person initial attack fire crew to a recently spotted forest fire. Shortly after take-off, at an altitude of approximately 300 feet above ground, the engine lost all power. The pilot attempted to autorotate to the only available road; however, the helicopter overshot the intended landing area, struck trees, and crashed beside the road. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the two passengers received serious injuries. The helicopter was destroyed.

The Board determined that the engine lost power due to water-contaminated fuel. It is probable that the pilot mistakenly introduced water into the fuel system through the fuel cell vent tube when he attempted to back-flush the adjacent engine pan drain tube with a water hose. The low altitude at which the loss of power occurred precluded successful autorotation to a suitable landing site.

Sources:

1994W0651
http://web.archive.org/web/20050914053718/http://www.tsb.gc.ca:80/en/reports/air/1994/a94w0124/a94w0124.asp


Revision history:

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