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Man rescued after Alta. helicopter crash



An man injured in a helicopter crash has been rescued from the Alberta wilderness.


The Bell 206 crashed near Calling Lake, about 100 kms east of Slave Lake, a town partially destroyed by wildfire.


A distress beacon on the helicopter triggered a search and rescue mission, said 2nd Lt. Mike Behring at CFB Trenton. It's not know how many people were aboard and the pilot didn't file a flight plan so the helicopter's destination is also unknown.


A spokeswoman for the RCMP said the helicopter was not involved in forest firefighting efforts.


The injured man, who is in his 50s, will be flown to hospital in Edmonton, said Cam Heke, a spokesman with STARS Air Ambulance, who didn't know whether the man was the pilot of the helicopter.


This is the second helicopter emergency in the region in four days.


On Friday a helicopter crashed into Lesser Slave Lake.


The pilot of the chopper, which was engaged in fighting a fire at the summer village of Canyon Creek, was declared dead at the scene after being pulled from the wreckage and frigid water by rescuers.


The Alberta government said 44 wildfires were burning in the province on Monday, including seven classified as out of control. Seventeen fires were burning in the Slave Lake District and four of those were out of control.


More than 2,000 personnel are fighting the fires, including nearly 500 firefighters from British Columbia and Ontario.

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Well were off to a good start this year..Heads up! :stupid:


Lets hope that this is the last one. Glad the pilot is Ok and recovering.


Stay safe folks... Check weather, good Di's and safe cautious flying habits....


Pay special attention to that decision process that leads to an accident........


Hope it's the last....



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Only 1 delta incident in Cadors



Record #1

Cadors Number: 2011C1680

Reporting Region: Prairie & Northern

Occurrence Information

Occurrence Type: Accident

Occurrence Date: 2011-05-23

Occurrence Time: 1540 Z

Day Or Night: day-time

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 1

Canadian Aerodrome ID:

Aerodrome Name:

Occurrence Location: 10 NM N of Calling Lake

Province: Alberta

Country: CANADA

World Area: North America

Reported By: NAV CANADA

AOR Number: 132287-V1

TSB Class Of Investigation:

TSB Occurrence No: A11W0069

Aircraft Information

Flight #:

Aircraft Category: Helicopter

Country of Registration: CANADA


Model: 206B

Year Built: 1969

Amateur Built: No

Engine Make: ALLISON

Engine Model: 250-C20

Engine Type: Turbo shaft

Gear Type: Land

Phase of Flight: Cruise

Damage: Substantial



Operator Type: Commercial

Event Information

Collision with terrain

ELT/SAR/comm search

Loss of control - inflight

Detail Information

User Name: Ridley, Rod

Date: 2011-05-24

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: System Safety

Narrative: C-GGOZ, a Bell 206 operated by Delta Helicopters, was long lining near Calling Lake, AB when the line got snagged and the helicopter crashed to the ground. The pilot was trapped inside the helicopter for several hours until rescuers could extract him. He received serious injuries and was transported to hospital. TSB Edmonton has deployed 2 investigators to the site.

User Name: Ridley, Rod

Date: 2011-05-25

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: System Safety

Narrative: UPDATE TSB reported that the Delta Helicopters Ltd. Bell 206B, C-GGOZ, was conducting slinging operations at an oil field well site approximately 50 NM east of Slave Lake, AB. The slung load conflicted with structures at the well site and the helicopter collided with the ground. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. Two TSB investigators from the Edmonton office deployed to the site.

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This is another example of when things happen they happen fast! Be diligent out there people. It just takes one split second of "oops" to end up in this situation. Thankfully this gentlemen will live...Not so for so many others.

I remember many times where " I got away with it" barely! Take that second or third peek at the load as you are leaving the pickup site and what's in the path of the load. Hopefully this is the last event for some time, been a tough year so far.


Spinny bits up all....

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