ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 345930
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Narrative:A Bell 206L LongRanger crashed near Purden Ski Hill, about 50km east of Prince George, British Columbia
|Date:||Tuesday 26 September 2023|
Bell 206L LongRanger
|Owner/operator:||Buchanan & Son Aviation|
|Year of manufacture:||1977|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6|
|Aircraft damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||near Purden Ski Hill, about 50km E of Prince George, BC -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
|Investigating agency: ||TSB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities|
The helicopter was travelling on a forestry survey flight originating from a private property 27 nautical miles east of the Prince George Airport (CYXS), BC, during daylight hours, with the pilot and 5 silviculturists on board. Shortly after departure, at 07:35 Pacific Daylight Time, approximately 100 feet above ground level, the helicopter began spinning, lost altitude, and collided with trees. The pilot and passenger, located in the front 2 seats of the helicopter, were fatally injured. The remaining 4 passengers all received minor injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. There was a post-impact fire located near the engine exhaust which was extinguished by one of the passengers using the aircraft's fire extinguisher. There were no dangerous goods on board.
The 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter activated however the antennae was damaged in the accident sequence and the signal was not received by the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue satellite system.
https://ckpgtoday.ca/2023/09/26/first-responders-en-route-to-helicopter-crash-by-purden-ski-hill-road/ https://bc.ctvnews.ca/2-dead-4-injured-in-helicopter-crash-near-prince-george-b-c-1.6578140 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/purden-ski-village-helicopter-crash-prince-george-highway-16-1.6978532
||Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]|
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