Accident Eurocopter EC-120B C-GEPR, 31 Oct 2009
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Date:31-OCT-2009
Time:20:26 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC-120B
Owner/operator:Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Registration: C-GEPR
MSN: 1426
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Port Huron (St. Clair County) International Airport, MI -   Canada
Phase: Standing
Nature:
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Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Narrative:
The Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Eurocopter EC-120B helicopter (C-GEPR) was at idle power on the ground in Port Huron (St. Clair County) International Airport, Michigan. When the pilot opened the door to re-latch it in preparation for lift-off, a gust of wind caught the door and it fully opened. The top of the door contacted the main rotor system causing damage to all three (3) rotor blades and the door. The door strut had been removed previously due to a malfunction.

Sources:

TC CADORS No.2009O2439


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