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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 262219
Last updated: 12 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Héli-Express Inc.
Registration: C-GHEX
MSN: 2867
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Les Escoumins, Quebec -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
An AS350 B2 helicopter operated by Héli-Express Inc. was conducting a slinging flight along a high voltage line 1.7 NM north of Les Escoumins, QC.
The tail rotor gearbox and tail rotor separated from the helicopter while in flight.
The pilot dropped the load and headed for a dirt runway not far from his position to make an emergency landing.
During the approach, there was a deceleration and the helicopter began to spin to the left. The pilot was unable to regain control of the helicopter and decided to cut off the fuel supply to stop the spinning motion and attempt a non-powered landing. The aircraft struck the ground hard in an upright position without tipping onto its side. The emergency locator transmitter was activated.
A second helicopter landed shortly thereafter with rescue personnel and the injured pilot was pilot was transported to the hospital.



Revision history:

21-May-2021 22:38 Captain Adam Added
23-May-2021 09:37 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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