Friday, July 27, 2012

Robinson 44: Two men survive crash-landing of helicopter near Murdochville, Canada: Wind, mechanical problems considered among possible factors

MONTREAL – Two men who escaped with minor injuries when they crash-landed a Robinson 44 helicopter after trying to take off in the heart of the Gaspé region Thursday afternoon have been discharged from a local hospital, Sgt. Martine Asselin of the Sûreté du Québec said Friday. 

“They were conducting an emergency landing on the shoulder of Highway 198,” Asselin said, “between kilometre 36 and 37” near the former copper-mining town of Murdochville, about 825 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The SQ received the first call at 4:51 p.m. Thursday, she said.

Possible causes of the takeoff gone awry include wind or mechanical failure, Asselin said.

She said a 49-year-old man was piloting the craft.

His passenger is 25.

Chris Krepski, a spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), confirmed the make and model of the helicopter and the minor injuries to the two on board.

"The TSB is aware of the occurrence but will not deploy investigators to the site," Krepski added:

"We are, however, gathering information on the occurrence to assess what level of investigation we will do.

The wreckage is "being taken to a secure location and we will examine it from there."

More information might be available next week, Krepski added.

"It is TSB policy not to identify people involved in occurrences."


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