Aviation investigation A12P0079
Helicopter crash near Terrace, BC
On the morning of 01 June 2012, at approximately 0752 Pacific Daylight Time, a Eurocopter AS-350 B2 helicopter operated by Bailey Helicopters Ltd. took off from Terrace, British Columbia, to perform a mountain training flight. Two pilots and one aircraft maintenance engineer were on board. At approximately 0841, the helicopter impacted the side of a mountain valley and crashed in deep snow, at about 4500 feet above sea level.
The three occupants were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed in the crash; no post-impact fire occurred. The 406 megahertz emergency locator transmitter emitted a signal.
The TSB has deployed a team of investigators to the site. Led by the Investigator-in-Charge Glen Friesen, the team is currently collecting information as part of the field phase of its investigation.
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- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
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01 June 2012—Transportation Safety Board of Canada deploying team to investigate a helicopter accident near Terrace, British Columbia
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