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Narrative:On 17 January 2012, at approximately 1350 Pacific Standard Time, a Eurocopter AS350-B3 helicopter (C-FMPG) of the Government of Canada (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) took off from a staging area with only the pilot onboard. The helicopter was hovering briefly at about 80 feet above ground level when suddenly an abnormal noise and puff of smoke occurred, seemingly from the engine. The helicopter descended, turned about 180°, and crashed on the ground below. The pilot was attended by medically trained personnel within 30 seconds of the crash, however his injuries were fatal. The aircraft was destroyed. There was no post-crash fire. It had been snowing before the accident.
Aérospatiale AS 350B3 Ecureuil
|Operator:||Government Of Canada: Royal Canadian Mounted Police|
|C/n / msn:|| 3082|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Near Cultus Lake, near Chilliwack, British Columbia -
|Phase:|| En route|
The pilot was the only person aboard and died from his injuries.
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||Dr. John Smith
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