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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23211
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Time:15:00 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA Astar
Registration: C-FHBG
MSN: 1440
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:60 miles SE of La Grande, Quebec (at 53º02'50" N, 072º29'30" W) -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Mirage Aistrip, Sakami River, 20 miles SE of La Grange, Quebec
Destination airport:James Bay, 60 miles SE of La Grande, Quebec
The AS-350 BA C-FHBG had been chartered by Mirage outfitters to transport and move its clients around the hunting area near the Sakami River some 45 nm south of the main camp. The outfitters had prepared an airstrip on the river, where its clients gathered before being flown to the area near the caribou herds. Four hunters and a guide made up one party. On the day of the accident, the helicopter had made five flights before landing on the Sakami River around 14:30 to pick up its third hunting party. The pilot left the engine running. The guide assigned to the aircraft disembarked and helped the four hunters to board. He then took the left front seat and fastened his seat-belt. The aircraft took off and, around 15:00, after a brief flight, it made an approach for a landing on the frozen surface of a lake 60 miles south east of La Grande, Quebec (at coordinates: 53º02'50" N, 072º29'30" W).

On completing the approach, the helicopter commenced hovering, then started to descend in white-out and powdery snow conditions. The snow picked up by the rotor wash caused a total loss of visual references. After the left skid touched the snow-covered surface, the helicopter rolled left in the snow, which was several feet deep at the time. As it rolled, the rotor blades struck the ground and the transmission separated partially from its mounts. Blades entered the cockpit and fatally injured the guide and pilot, who was wearing a helmet. The four passengers in the rear seats were not wearing seat-belts, and they suffered minor injuries. Two of them were thrown about 10 feet from the wreck, and the other two remained in the cabin. The survivors were evacuated around 16:30 EST by two other helicopters.


1. CADORS 2005Q0128
2. TSB Occurrence No:A05Q0008

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Fuel starvation.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
13-Jul-2014 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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