Hard landing Accident Aerospatiale AS 350B-2 C-GRDI,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 346313
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Date:Thursday 28 September 2023
Time:12:37 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aerospatiale AS 350B-2
Registration: C-GRDI
MSN: 2866
Year of manufacture:1995
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:50 nm NE of La Grande 4 Airport, QC -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TSB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
An Aerospatiale AS350 B-2 helicopter operated by Héli-Express inc. was on a visual flight rules flight from a road near La Forge 1 located approximately 50 nautical miles northeast of La Grande 4 Airport, QC (CYAH).
During slinging operations, shortly after takeoff, the low fuel indicator illuminated. The pilot dropped off his load at the designated point about 3 miles away and returned to the refuelling point. As he approached the point, the fuel pump light came on. The pilot made an emergency landing on a nearby road. During the flare, the tail stand touched the road surface and the skids dug into the soft road surface.
The sudden stop created a forward and then rearward tilt, deforming the tail boom skin. A cursory inspection revealed no damage to the main gear skids, and no blades (main rotor or tail) struck the ground.
The emergency radio beacon was activated, but the pilot was not injured.



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
5 July 2002 C-FWAU Heli/Express Inc. 0 12nm E of Daniel-Johnson Dam, Manicouagan River, Côte-Nord, Quebec sub
7 April 2005 C-FWAU Heli 0 51 41 28 Nord / 075 46 26 Ouest sub

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06-Oct-2023 13:41 harro Added

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