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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189841
Last updated: 24 November 2017
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Date:05-SEP-2016
Time:c15:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Ridge Rotors
Registration: C-GHHU
C/n / msn: 2196
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:12nm SW Fox Creek, AB -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Whitecourt Airport (CYZU)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter, conducting aerial surveys for pine beetles, crashed after fuel exhaustion. The pilot and one other occupant were injured and the other occupant was fatally injured.

The investigation established that, during a short rest break on a sand bar prior to the accident, the pilot decided to continue with the flight instead of refueling at a nearby fuel cache. The remaining fuel was close to the minimum recommended quantities to ensure appropriate safety margins against temporarily uncovering boost pump inlets, exposing them to air. Ridge Rotors' practice of regularly operating helicopters with low fuel levels likely influenced the pilot's decision to continue the flight.


Sources:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/1-dead-2-injured-after-survey-helicopter-crash-in-alta-1.3059614
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/helicopter-was-searching-for-mountain-pine-beetles-before-deadly-crash-1.3749810
CADORS
http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/running-on-fumes/
http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2016/a16w0126/a16w0126.asp


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Sep-2016 12:37 gerard57 Added
06-Sep-2016 18:55 216.81.53.66 Updated [Operator, Source]
07-Sep-2016 06:24 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
16-Mar-2017 20:51 70.74.226.13 Updated [Narrative]
07-Nov-2017 22:51 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Nov-2017 23:34 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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