rumrunner Posted May 8, 2005 Report Share Posted May 8, 2005 BELLA BELLA, B.C. (CP) - A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crashed off the coastal B.C. community of Bella Bella on Saturday. A Coast Guard news release said the experienced pilot is in stable condition in hospital after being rescued from the water by a member of the public. The incident happened while the helicopter was slinging materials from the Canadian Coast Guard ship Bartlett to the Driad Point light station 500 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, said Coast Guard Pacific assistant commissioner Terry Tebb. The pilot was returning to the ship from the light station when the rigging used to transfer goods became entangled in the tail rotor, Tebb said. "He apparently tried an auto reverse manoeuvre to untangle but it didn't work," Tebb said. "Once the tail rotor ceases to function, your control goes." The pilot was recovered almost immediately by the water by the member of the public and taken by a Coast Guard fast response craft to the Bella Bella medical facility. He was later airlifted to Victoria by air ambulance where he remains under observation in intensive care, Tebb said. The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, Tebb said. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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