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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240236
Last updated: 3 December 2020
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Date:17-AUG-2020
Time:18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Aberdeen Helicopters Ltd
Registration: C-FAHC
C/n / msn: 2898
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Eskay Creek Mine, Iskut River, 45NM NNW of Stewart, BC -   Canada
Phase: Unknown
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Narrative:
An Aberdeen Helicopters AS350-B2, was conducting long lining operations 45 nm NNW of Stewart, BC with 1 pilot on board. During initial lift off from a drill site located on a mountain, the pilot decided to set the load back down due to incoming weather. After the load was disconnected
the pilot departed for a staging area. When communications were not established with the pilot, a search was conducted. The helicopter was found approximately 1200 metres west of the drill pad on the mountain side. The helicopter was destroyed and was nearly consumed by the post impact fire. The pilot did not survive.
The helicopter was supporting a mine exploration drill project at Nickel Mountain, owned by Garibaldi Resources Corp.

Sources:

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/helicopter-crash-in-remote-area-near-northern-b-c-mine-reportedly-fatal-1.5069471
https://ckpgtoday.ca/2020/08/18/helicopter-crash-north-of-stewart-involved-helicopter-from-prince-george/
https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/pilot-dead-after-helicopter-crash-at-nickel-mountain-in-northern-b-c-company-confirms/
CADORS
TSB
https://www.aberdeenheli.com/about-aberdeen-helicopters.php

https://www.aberdeenheli.com
https://www.skeenaresources.com/projects/eskay-creek
https://www.garibaldiresources.com/news/2020/garibaldi-begins-drilling-at-nickel-mountain/

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2020 22:44 Geno Added
19-Aug-2020 11:43 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
22-Aug-2020 15:08 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2020 11:54 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2020 10:44 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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