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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23138
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Time:14:00 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD600N
Owner/operator:Rupert's Land Operations
Registration: C-FTAZ
MSN: RN011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:25 mi NW of Zama Lake, AB -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The pilot of Rupert's Land Operations Inc. McDonnell Douglas Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) MD600N helicopter (registration C-FTAZ, serial number RN011) was conducting heli-slinging operations 25 nautical miles (nm) northwest of Zama Lake, Alberta (CFT9). The pilot had picked up the fifth and final bag of seismic equipment and was returning to the staging area, approximately 3 nm from the pick-up site. While en route, the tail boom separated from the fuselage and the helicopter crashed into a clearing about 1600 feet from the pick-up site. The sling load was still attached to the aircraft on a 115-foot longline. The tail boom was found about 240 feet from the main wreckage. The accident occurred at approximately 1400 mountain standard time. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. There was no post-impact fire.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
25-Dec-2008 10:14 harro Updated
29-Dec-2010 06:21 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location]
27-Feb-2013 08:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Damage]

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