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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75956
Last updated: 27 November 2019
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Time:c. 0910 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 205A-1
Owner/operator:HeliQwest Avaition
Registration: N205HQ
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:21 nm southeast of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The helicopter was performing heli-slinging operations. As the pilot entered a hover at an altitude of about 180feet above ground, there was a loud noise and the engine (Lycoming/Honeywell T53-17A) lost power. The helicopter decended and struck trees. The pilot, alone in the helicopter, sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter was substantially damaged.
Findings as to Causes: 1) The engine failed when the combustion chamber housing (CCH) fractured and high-pressure combustion air was lost. 2) Internal corrosion pitting and cracking of the CCH was not detected by external inspection.


Transport Safety Board of Canada - Aviation Investigation Report A05W0205


At accident site shortly after (possibly same day)

Revision history:

28-Jul-2010 12:51 TC Added

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