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Astar Down In Mcmurray?

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This is horrible news




"A Quebec firefighter killed in a helicopter crash north of Fort McMurray, Alta., on the weekend has been identified.


Patrick Dominic Watters-Michaud, 22, of Quebec City, was a wildland firefighter employed seasonally with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.


He was a passenger on the A-Star BA helicopter operated by Phoenix Heli-Flight out of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta.


The pilot and three other firefighters were treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Two of the firefighters remain in hospital.


The Transportation Safety Board is investigating."




Prayers to friends and families



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Record #62Cadors Number: 2007C2046 Reporting Region: Prairie & Northern


Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident Occurrence Date: 2007/07/23

Occurrence Time: 0100 Z Day Or Night: day-time

Fatalities: 1 Injuries: 4


Canadian Aerodrome ID: CYMM Aerodrome Name: Fort McMurray

Occurrence Location: 35 NM NE of Fort McMurray (CYMM) Province: Alberta

Country: CANADA World Area: North America


Reported By: TSB Edmonton AOR Number:

TSB Class Of Investigation: 5 TSB Occurrence No.: A07W0138

Event InformationOverturn

Collision with terrain

Aircraft InformationFlight #:

Aircraft Category: Helicopter Country of Registration: CANADA


Year Built: 1979 Amateur Built: No

Engine Make: TURBOMECA Engine Model: ARRIEL 1B

Engine Type: Turbo shaft Gear Type: Land

Phase of Flight: Cruise Damage: Substantial


Operator Type: Commercial


Detail InformationUser Name: Ridley, Rod

Date: 2007/07/23

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: System Safety

Narrative: An AS 350 helicopter operated by Phoenix Heli-Flight, was en route from a firefighting area to Fort McMurray with a pilot and four firefighters on board. For unknown reasons, the helicopter went down in a swampy area about 60 miles northeast of YMM and one of the firefighters was killed and the other four occupants were injured. Other helicopters operating in the area responded to the site and evacuated the injured people. TSB Edmonton has sent two investigators to the site.


User Name: Ridley, Rod

Date: 2007/07/24

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: System Safety

Narrative: UPDATE TSB reported that the Phoenix Heli-Flight AS 350 BA was en route from an Alberta Forest Service staging site at Johnson Lake, AB to Fort McMurray, AB with the pilot and four passengers on board. About 15 minutes into the flight, the helicopter descended into marshy terrain and turned over onto its left side. One passenger was fatally injured, and the other occupants sustained serious injuries. The pilot had transmitted a "mayday" on a forestry frequency, and rescue helicopters were dispatched immediately.

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