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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67908
Last updated: 1 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 212
Owner/operator:Elbow River Helicopters
Registration: C-GTKE
C/n / msn: 30704
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Lytton, BC -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The Elbow River Helicopters Bell 212 helicopter was engaged in firefighting operations about 20 nm south of Lillooet, British Columbia. At approximately 1602 Pacific daylight time, the accident helicopter approached the Fraser River to pick up water. Shortly before reaching the pickup location, the helicopter descended unexpectedly and its water bucket, on a 150-foot longline, touched down in a fast flowing section of the river. As the helicopter continued forward, it was dragging the water bucket. Moments later, the helicopter pitched nose-down, yawed to the left, struck the river surface, broke up, and sank. The pilot escaped the wreckage and was swimming in the fast flowing water. Repeated attempts to rescue the pilot by other helicopters in the area proved unsuccessful. The pilot's body was found downstream five days later. Some pieces of the wreckage, including the longline and water bucket, were retrieved, but the majority of the wreckage was not recovered.



Revision history:

14-Aug-2009 22:47 onward Added
16-Aug-2009 11:36 onward Updated
17-Aug-2009 20:55 onward Updated
09-Sep-2009 05:42 RobertMB Updated
11-Apr-2010 11:28 onward Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Oct-2010 13:33 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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