EDMONTON - A pilot narrowly avoided crashing a helicopter after the engine failed near Sylvan Lake on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the pilot performed an emergency landing manoeuver known as autorotation, generating lift with the main rotor to soften the landing.
“The pilot successfully completed an autorotation landing,” said John Lee, western regional manager. “The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was taken to Red Deer hospital for observation.
Since the landing was successful, Lee said the event is not being described as an accident.