Aviation Investigation A16P0045
Collision with terrain
On 16 March 2016, an Airbus Helicopter AS350 BA, operated by TRK Helicopters was operating on a heli-skiing flight from the Bear Creek Lodge, British Columbia, about 82 nautical miles northwest of Smithers, British Columbia. The flight was returning to base camp when the helicopter collided with terrain on a steep snow covered slope. The helicopter was substantially damaged, but the emergency locator transmitter was not triggered to send out an emergency signal.
What we know
Map of the area
Peter Murphy joined the Aviation Investigation Branch at the TSB Pacific regional office as a technical investigator in June 1999. During his career, Peter worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) on both fixed and rotary wing, and turbine engine aircraft. He advanced his knowledge of aircraft operations by completing a Private Pilot License (PPL) in 2009, and subsequently added ratings to this license.
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