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Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS) : Report Record #1Cadors Number: 2012C1381

Reporting Region: Prairie & Northern



Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident

Occurrence Date: 2012-03-30


Occurrence Time: 1925 Z

Day Or Night: day-time


Fatalities: 1

Injuries: 4


Canadian Aerodrome ID:

Aerodrome Name:


Occurrence Location: 510636N / 115093W near Kananaskis


Province: Alberta

Country: CANADA


World Area: North America


Reported By: NAV CANADA

AOR Number: 144599-V1


TSB Class Of Investigation: 3

TSB Occurrence No: A12W0031



Aircraft InformationFlight #:


Aircraft Category: Helicopter

Country of Registration: CANADA



Model: 206B


Year Built: 1976

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 InformationCollision with terrain

ELT/SAR/comm search

Weather - precipitation

Weather - visibility


Detail InformationUser Name: Ridley, Rod


Date: 2012-04-02


Further Action Required: No


O.P.I.: System Safety


Narrative: A 406 ELT registered to a Kananaskis Mountain Helicopters Bell 206 was detected by SARSAT on 30 March at 1730z. A 435 Squadron Hercules was dispatched at 1742z. The wreckage was sighted at 1806z on the side of a mountain near Highways 1 and 40 east of Canmore with 3 people waving and others not moving. The area was impossible to land. Alpine Helicopters out of nearby Canmore were chartered due to their proximity and slinging capabilities but severe weather moved in and snow/fog covered the whole area for over 70 minutes. When the weather lifted, Alpine Helicopters arrived to the crash site at 2010z and slung all 5 POB to a safe landing point. The pilot was critically injured and taken by ambulance to the hospital, but he died prior to arrival. The four sightseeing British passengers received minor injuries and were treated and released from medical care. TSB Edmonton will deploy two investigators to the site.


User Name: Ridley, Rod


Date: 2012-04-03


Further Action Required: No


O.P.I.: System Safety


Narrative: UPDATE TSB reported that the Kananaskis Mountain Helicopters Bell 206B, C-GLQI, with 4 passengers was on a sightseeing tour of the Bow Valley when it crashed near Brokenleg Lake. The pilot was fatally injured and the passengers suffered minor injuries. Two TSB investigators have been dispatched to the site.


User Name: Ridley, Rod


Date: 2012-04-04


Further Action Required: No


O.P.I.: System Safety


Narrative: UPDATE TSB reported that they will conduct a Class 3 investigation; a Minister's Observer has been appointed.


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

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