Aviation Investigation A16A0084

Collision with water

The occurrence

On 4 September 2016, a private Bell 206B helicopter departed Charlo, New Brunswick, for Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, in visual flight rules weather conditions. The helicopter collided with power lines near Flatlands, New Brunswick, causing substantial damage, and fell into the Restigouche River. The pilot and the front passenger were fatally injured. The rear-seat passenger survived the accident.

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Photo of Murray Hamm

Murray Hamm joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in 2010 as a Regional Senior Technical Investigator, in the TSB Air Investigations Branch, at the Atlantic regional office in Dartmouth (Nova Scotia).

Mr. Hamm has more than 25 years of aviation experience working for several fixed wing and rotary wing operations as a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, and also holds a Private Pilot License. Just prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Hamm worked as a contracted employee of the Royal Canadian Air Force 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (3 CFFTS) at the Southport Aerospace Centre, located near Portage La Prairie (Manitoba), where he held the position of Fixed Wing Chief Engineer.


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  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

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Aviation Investigation Report A16A0084
Collision with wires
Bell 206B (Helicopter), C-GVJT
Flatlands, New Brunswick
04 September 2016

News release

2016 fatal helicopter accident near Flatlands, New Brunswick, highlights the dangers of low-altitude flying
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Media advisory

The TSB will release its investigation report on the September 2016 fatal helicopter accident near Flatlands, New Brunswick
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Deployment notices

TSB is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a helicopter accident near Campbellton, New Brunswick
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