WINNIPEG, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12C0084) into
the controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) of a Bell 206B from Sunrise
Helicopters Incorporated that occurred on 5 July 2012, near Angusville,
The pilot was completing a fungicide spraying operation near Angusville
when the helicopter descended, contacted the crop, and struck the
ground. The helicopter came to rest on its side with substantial
damage. The pilot was taken to hospital with serious injuries; however,
the fact that the pilot was wearing a helmet and used the 4-point
harnesses likely enhanced the survivability of the impact.
The investigation determined that there was no malfunction in the
aircraft system. It also determined that although certified and
qualified for the flight in accordance with existing regulations, the
pilot had an experience level that was low for the complexity of the
assigned task. It was therefore unrealistic that the pilot could
complete the high-risk spraying operation successfully.
Since the accident, all spray pilots employed by Sunrise Helicopters
Incorporated must have a minimum of 2000 hours total flying time. Also,
the experience of the pilot is now matched to the requirements of the
CFIT or collisions with land and water are a TSB Watchlist issue. Watch the TSB video!
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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