N1 Posted May 11 Report Share Posted May 11 Terrible to read of an accident of this nature. Thoughts are with everyone concerned. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/helicopter-incident-in-smithers-b-c-kills-maintenance-worker-1.6839475 Helicopter incident in Smithers, B.C., kills maintenance worker Transportation Safety Board investigating situation, which left another worker seriously hurt CBC News · Posted: May 10, 2023 9:06 PM PDT | Last Updated: 11 hours ago The fatal incident happened at Smithers Regional Airport. (Smithers Airport) A helicopter rotating out of control in northern B.C. killed one worker and seriously injured another over the weekend, federal regulators said. The Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it is investigating a May 6 incident at Smithers Airport. Spokesperson Liam MacDonald said the tragedy happened during maintenance work on the helicopter. The craft's engine was on and it began an uncontrollable yaw, or rotation. As it spun, it struck two people on the ground. "The pilot was able to shut down the engine and put the helicopter up right," said MacDonald. "But unfortunately one of the maintenance workers was fatally injured and the other received serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital for treatment." The aircraft belonged to Mustang Helicopters. The company's president, Frederic Allard, declined to comment on the incident when reached by phone, citing the ongoing TSB investigation. MacDonald described the investigation as one with "low complexity" and findings generally applicable only to the incident itself. WorkSafeBC said it is not involved in the investigation as it is under federal jurisdiction. MacDonald said the goal is to conclude the investigation within about seven months. With files from Betsy Trumpener and Nicole Oud 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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