GATINEAU, QC, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A10Q0218) into the 9 December 2010 engine failure and hard landing Bell 206B Helicopter, operated by Essor-Hélicoptères Inc., near Cap-Chat, Quebec.
The helicopter left Matane, Quebec with the pilot and 4 passengers on board. Approximately 27 minutes after take-off, it experienced an engine failure. The pilot did an autorotation with a right turn. The aircraft landed hard on the beach, breaking the landing gear, and came to rest on its belly. One of the occupants sustained serious injuries, 2 sustained minor injuries and 2 were unarmed. The investigation determined that the failure of a bearing assembly caused the engine to lose power causing a hard landing.
The report is available on the TSB website at www.tsb-bst.gc.ca.
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