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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248545
Last updated: 28 July 2021
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Date:05-MAR-2021
Time:c. 09:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 212
Owner/operator:Airspan Helicopters Ltd
Registration: C-GNYI
MSN: 30569
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Mount Gardner, Bowen Island, BC -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:Sechelt Airport (CAP3), BC
Destination airport:Cypress Mountain Provincial Park, BV
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Narrative:
A Bell 212 operated by Airspan Helicopters Ltd. was travelling from Sechelt Airport (CAP3), BC to Cypress Mountain Provincial Park, located in West Vancouver, BC to support a BC Hydro project with 2 pilots on board. During the flight the aircraft experienced a sudden and dramatic right roll and nose down pitch. Both pilots attempted to regain control. After regaining control, the pilots observed warning lights indicating a hydraulic and an engine failure (Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3B) . A location on nearby Bowen Island was selected for an emergency landing however the aircraft was still difficult to control and the crew was unable to maneuver it to the desired location. During the descent, the aircraft began an uncommanded rotation to the right, leading to a loss of control. The aircraft collided with trees and came to rest on a rocky ridge approximately 270 feet ASL on the NW corner of Bowen Island. Both occupants received minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substancial damage. There was no post impact fire and the ELT functioned as designed.

The helicopter was contracted to BC Hydro to help place some wooden structures for a transmission line replacement project on Hollyburn Mountain.

Sources:

https://globalnews.ca/news/7679626/helicopter-crash-bowen-island/
https://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/local-news/helicopter-crashes-on-bowen-island-3518840?fbclid=IwAR2C2SLvkKDgAGiHVVHfC9AkK2NjEWnYmnoCuDbr3B1XMwI2FYoxMc_ZYoU
https://globalnews.ca/news/7679626/helicopter-crash-bowen-island/
https://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/local-news/how-does-one-remove-a-6500-lb-crashed-helicopter-from-bowen-island-video-3546611
TSB
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcavpics/32481445551 (photo)

Media:

https://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/local-news/how-does-one-remove-a-6500-lb-crashed-helicopter-from-bowen-island-video-3546611

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Mar-2021 19:34 Captain Adam Added
05-Mar-2021 21:04 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2021 01:43 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Source]
06-Mar-2021 08:33 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Narrative]
06-Mar-2021 09:11 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
06-Mar-2021 09:31 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
06-Mar-2021 18:18 harro Updated [[Embed code]]
09-Mar-2021 20:02 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
16-Mar-2021 20:11 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
06-Apr-2021 14:42 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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