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CADORS Number: 2008O0699 Reporting Region: Ontario


Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident Occurrence Date: 2008/04/19

Occurrence Time: 1800 Z Day Or Night: day-time

Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 2


Canadian Aerodrome ID: Aerodrome Name:

Occurrence Location: vicinity of Georgetown Province: Ontario

Country: CANADA World Area: North America


Reported By: NAV CANADA AOR Number: 92618-V1

TSB Class Of Investigation: 5 TSB Occurrence No.: A08O0099

Event InformationCollision with terrain

Loss of control - inflight

Aircraft InformationFlight #:

Aircraft Category: Helicopter Country of Registration: CANADA

Make: ROBINSON Model: R22 BETA

Year Built: 1995 Amateur Built: No

Engine Make: AVCO LYCOMING Engine Model: O-320-B2C

Engine Type: Reciprocating Gear Type: Land

Phase of Flight: Hover Damage: Destroyed


Operator Type: Commercial


Detail InformationUser Name: Donaldson, John

Date: 2008/04/21

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: Commercial & Business Aviation

Narrative: The Great Lakes Helicopter Corp. Robinson R-22 Beta helicopter was departing on a local VFR flight from Georgetown. The pilot had picked up a passenger for a familiarization flight. Peel Regional Police reported to Toronto ACC staff that the helicopter had crashed in a field near Barber Drive and Argyle Road (behind St. Catherines of Alexander School). The helicopter was substantially damaged.


User Name: Donaldson, John

Date: 2008/04/21

Further Action Required: Yes

O.P.I.: Commercial & Business Aviation

Narrative: UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08O0099]: The Great Lakes Helicopter Corp. Robinson R-22-Beta helicopter was performing demonstration flights in the vicinity of Georgetown, Ontario. During a hover exercise, approximately 10-15 feet above the ground, control of the helicopter was lost. The helicopter impacted the ground and was destroyed; the pilot and passenger received serious injuries. T.S.B. Investigators deployed to the occurrence site.


Please note that for the most part, CADORS reports contain preliminary, unconfirmed data which can be subject to change.

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I have spoken with Great Lakes Helicopters. The two people are very luck to have survived this crash. I cannot release any of the particulars, or who was involved (that's up to Great Lakes), but I can tell you that the pilot was wearing a helmet, and this probably saved his life!


It doesn't matter what you guys and girls are flying, R22 or 61, wearing a helmet can one day save your life, like it did for this pilot.


Hoping for a speedy recovery G.



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