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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178166
Last updated: 26 August 2021
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Time:16:09 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Canadian Helicopters Limited
Registration: C-GBPS
MSN: 1277
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moliak microwave tower site, Rigolet, NL -   Canada
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Moliak microwave tower site, Rigolet
Destination airport:Happy Valley–Goose Bay Airport (CYYR)
The helicopter crashed crashed while performing work at a comms tower near a hydro site close to Rigolet (CCZ2), Labrador. Police said the helicopter was assisting a Bell Aliant work crew when the incident occurred.

The helicopter lifted off the helipad at the tower site and struck a tower guy wire with the main rotor. It contacted the ground and came to rest on its right side. One passenger sustained fatal injuries. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the other passenger received minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage; the 406 emergency locator transmitter did not activate. A small amount of fuel was released; there was no post-crash fire.

Findings as to causes and contributing factors

The pilot did not note the outer guy wires and did not include them in the departure plan.
The pilot performed a visual scan before departure; however, the visual scan was not effective in perceiving the outer guy wires.
The pilot's scan had been interrupted, which may have compromised the scan.
The helicopter struck the guy wires before evasive action could be taken, which caused the helicopter to roll rapidly and impact the ground.
The contractor's shoulder belt was found to be misrouted under his left arm, which allowed his upper body to move outside of the cabin in the accident sequence and contributed to his fatal injuries.



Revision history:

31-Jul-2015 09:04 gerard57 Added
31-Jul-2015 15:20 mxcollins Updated [Operator, Nature, Source]
31-Jul-2015 15:53 gerard57 Updated [Operator]
31-Jul-2015 16:01 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Source]
31-Jul-2015 17:20 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Aug-2015 06:08 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
06-Aug-2015 17:21 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 09:35 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 09:50 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
10-Aug-2015 18:36 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
22-Sep-2016 12:35 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
22-Sep-2016 12:37 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Nov-2016 14:13 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2016 13:22 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source]
30-Jul-2020 07:18 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
30-Jul-2020 07:18 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Embed code]

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