Accidents: March 2016

16-Mar-16 C-FBLW Airbus AS350BA Smithers, Canada


C-FBLW, a TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter, was operated under contract to SKEENA Heli-Ski from the Bear Creek Lodge, BC, about 82 nautical miles north west of Smithers, BC. The flight was returning to base camp in the late afternoon with a pilot and 6 passengers on board. As the pilot was maneuvering the... Read more

17-Mar-16 9N-AJI Airbus AS350B3e Langtang, Nepal


Crashed on take off after unloading construction materials, ending on its starboard side.... Read more

21-Mar-16 VH-RGY Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-RGY, at Richmond Airport, Queensland, on 21 March 2016. After engine start, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

24-Mar-16 C-GGQL Bell 206B Port Renfrew, Canada


C-GGQL, a Far West Helicopters Bell 206B, was departing with two passengers on board off a helipad at an elevation of about 2500 feet ASL, 4 nautical miles north of Port Renfrew, BC. During the vertical ascent to rise above tree height, the torque gauge was indicating about 90-95%. Upon reaching an estimated 100-150 feet,... Read more

25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)


The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.... Read more

26-Mar-16 C-GAWZ Robinson R44 Redfern Lake, Canada


on a local pleasure flight from a private facility at Redfern Lake, BC. As the pilot attempted a landing at approximately 7800 feet ASL near the edge of a cirque, the aircraft encountered descending air on final. The pilot elected to continue the approach and increased the collective to maintain the sight picture. The pilot... Read more

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