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Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers… Read more »

Source: TSB, 06-Feb-14

Wood Buffalo Helicopters and Summit Helicopters announce merger

Wood Buffalo Helicopters and Summit Helicopters announce merger

The Ledcor Group of Companies and Wood Buffalo Helicopters announced today that they have concluded an agreement in principle to merge their helicopter businesses and assets in Fort McMurray, Yellowknife and Terrace into a single operating entity, subject to regulatory approval. “We look forward to combining the talented and experienced teams of employees within Summit Helicopters and Wood Buffalo Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Ledcor Group, 11-Nov-13

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Wood Buffalo Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B3e

Wood Buffalo Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B3e

Utility operator, Wood Buffalo Helicopters has taken delivery of an AS350 B3e. The new aircraft is part of a fleet renewal and will join their existing fleet of Eurocopter aircraft, which includes 5 AS350 B2’s and 2 EC120’s. “Acquisition of the AS350 B3e is an investment in the continued security and efficiency of our utility… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Jun-13

29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

Helicopter working for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, coming down in a forested area.  Crash killed pilot Bryce Campbell and passenger biologist Kristina Norstrom.  The other passenger Simon Slater survived – names from this article

29-May-13

19-May-13 C-GYWB Eurocopter AS350B2 Fort McMurray, Canada

Helicopter landed on edge of swamp, passengers began to unload their equipment from port side equipment basket, causing helicopter to tilt aft and left damaging the tail boom and tail rotor blades when they contacted the water. CADORS 2013C2009

19-May-13