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Two dead in Man. helicopter crash

Winnipeg Free Press, CanWest News Service


Published: Thursday, August 09, 2007

FLIN FLON, Man. -- Two men were killed when a helicopter contracted to do some work for Manitoba Hydro crashed in northern Manitoba on Thursday morning.


The crash happened in a remote area near Cranberry Portage, said Peter Hildebrand of the Transportation Safety Board.


"The helicopter hit the ground, crashed and burned," he said.


Cranberry Portage is located 715 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.


An early report said it was believed the aircraft had struck a power line.


A pilot and a 26-year-old Manitoba Hydro employee who was on his way to work on a transmission line were on-board, Manitoba Hydro said.


Hildebrand said two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board would be investigating first thing Friday morning with local RCMP

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Very sad news...


Cadors Number: 2007C2257 Reporting Region: Prairie & Northern


Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident Occurrence Date: 2007/08/09

Occurrence Time: 1430 Z Day Or Night: day-time

Fatalities: 2 Injuries: 0


Canadian Aerodrome ID: CYFO Aerodrome Name: Flin Flon

Occurrence Location: 30 NM SE of Flin Flon (CYFO) near Cranberry Portage Province: Manitoba

Country: CANADA World Area: North America


Reported By: NAV CANADA AOR Number: 83926-V1

TSB Class Of Investigation: TSB Occurrence No.: A07C0148

Event InformationCollision with terrain

Fire - cockpit

Aircraft InformationFlight #:

Aircraft Category: Helicopter Country of Registration: CANADA

Make: BELL TEXTRON - CAN Model: 206L 3

Year Built: 1991 Amateur Built: No

Engine Make: ALLISON Engine Model: 250-C30P

Engine Type: Turbo shaft Gear Type: Land

Phase of Flight: Cruise Damage: Substantial


Operator Type: Commercial


Detail InformationUser Name: Ridley, Rod

Date: 2007/08/09

Further Action Required: No

O.P.I.: System Safety

Narrative: The pilot and passenger in a Custom Helicopters Bell 206 were on a power line maintenance flight about 30 NM southeast of Flin Flon when the aircraft crashed and burned. Both occupants were fatally injured. TSB will send two investigators to the site tomorrow morning.

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