02-Mar-15 C-GLVI Bell 205 Revelstoke, Canada

The Pilot was repositioning 12 passengers from the bottom to the top of the Ghosts Drimie ski run. Upon departure, the Pilot elected to take-off downhill and downwind due to the terrain. The aircraft started to settle as it transited across a field and entered a ‘snowball’ at which time the pilot lost visual reference. The main rotor blades struck a tree and the helicopter touched down in the snow, remaining upright. There was substantial damage to the helicopter but there were no injuries.

CADORS 2015P0420

Date
March 2, 2015
Reg
C-GLVI
Make
Bell
Model
B205
MSN
30209
Location
11 NM Southeast of Revelstoke, BC
Country
Canada
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Mustang-Helicopters

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