No one hurt as heli-skiing chopper rolls during landing in eastern B.C.
Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are seen in this 2015 image from the agency's Flickr account.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 12:18PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, March 15, 2019 12:19PM PDT
BLUE RIVER, B.C. - A spokesman with a heli-skiing outfit in eastern British Columbia says a chartered helicopter with 12 people aboard made a bad landing and rolled on Thursday, but there were no injuries.
Bob Sayer, operations manager and senior guide with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, says the accident near Blue River occurred when the pilot “lost reference” and couldn't see the ground.
Sayer says the chopper was less than three metres in the air and rolled over in the snow.
Sayer says he flew in with another helicopter, collected the group and returned to the lodge in Blue River.
Rollovers are unusual, Sayer says, but they are not unknown.
A release from the Transportation Safety Board says it has sent investigators to review what happened, but Sayer says the on-site probe wrapped up within hours and the skiers were anxious to get back to the slopes.