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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180597
Last updated: 9 September 2021
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Time:08:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 500D (369D)
Owner/operator:Oceanview Helicopters Ltd
Registration: C-FOHE
MSN: 410942D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Saskatchewan River near Paynton, SK -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:near Paynton, SK
Destination airport:near Paynton, SK
On 22 October 2015, a Hughes 369D helicopter, operated by Oceanview Helicopters Ltd., was conducting aerial work installing marker balls onto SaskPower hydro lines with a pilot and an external platform worker on board. The customer, SaskPower, confirmed that the helicopter was contracted to put aerial markers on a new power line crossing the North Saskatchewan River as part of buidling a new substation near the Village of Edam.

During the marker ball installation, the single-engine helicopter was hovering at 325 feet above ground level when it experienced an engine failure. The helicopter began to descend and collided with terrain. Both the pilot and the platform worker sustained fatal injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed in a post-impact fire.

The investigation determined that it is likely that the failure of an internal engine component resulted in the loss of engine power. This occurred while the helicopter was in a hover, and there was insufficient altitude to conduct an autorotation landing (a manoeuvre to land without engine power), which led to the helicopter impacting the terrain.

Following the occurrence, Oceanview Helicopters Ltd. voluntarily suspended external platform worker operations; SaskPower began implementing a helicopter safety program, including enhanced employee training and the recruitment of an aviation operations specialist; and the company contracted to build the hydro towers also reviewed its helicopter operation standards with the view of enhancing safety.

CADORS 2015C3940

Revision history:

23-Oct-2015 07:30 gerard57 Added
23-Oct-2015 11:22 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2015 20:31 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
24-Oct-2015 09:17 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source, Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 10:12 rotorspot Updated [Source]
24-Oct-2015 10:12 harro Updated [Cn]
26-Oct-2015 18:30 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2017 12:45 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2017 12:47 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
05-Feb-2017 14:34 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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