August 12, 2014 7:26 pm

Rough helicopter landing near Whitecourt sends 4 to hospital

A Bell 206 helicopter practicing hover entry and exit exercises at the Qualicum Beach Airport Terminal near Parksville, B.C. on May 10, 2011.


EDMONTON – An RCMP spokesperson says four people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a helicopter had a “hard landing” in a wooded area between Fox Creek and Whitecourt Tuesday afternoon.

STARS air ambulance was initially called out for the crash, but was stood down after the incident was downgraded to a “hard landing.”

The Transportation Safety Board said the aircraft experienced a “loss of tail rotor effectiveness” which caused it to spin, hit some trees and then roll.

The one pilot and three passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The RCMP says the crew was in a wooded area surveying pine beetles.

The Bell 206 helicopter was operated by Valhalla Helicopters.

The TSB is now in charge. The board is gathering information on the incident, but does not plan to deploy investigators to the scene.



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