22-Dec-13 C-GIMV Sikorsky S76 Gillies Township, Canada

The helicopter entered a high hover to blow away snow accumulation at the scene. During the manoeuvre a white out condition was created. The main rotor contacted trees. Control of the helicopter was maintained and a landing was performed immediately. There were no injuries. The helicopter sustained damage to all 4 rotor blades.

Date
December 22, 2013
Reg
C-GIMV
Make
Sikorsky
Model
S76
MSN
760005
Location
Gillies Township (south of Kakabeka Falls)
Country
Canada
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Ornge
Link 1
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ornge-helicopter-damaged-during-patient-pickup-1.2474507
Link 2
http://www.tbnewswatch.com/news/314176/Region%E2%80%99s-air-ambulance-helicopter-out-of-service-after-taking-damage
Link 3
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/12/30/ornge_helicopter_grounded_after_landing_accident_in_northern_ontario.html

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