A new report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) notes that “a perceived power fluctuation and the follow-up maneuvering” caused a Bell 206B helicopter operated by Far West Helicopters to collide with terrain near Deception Mountain, British Columbia, during a September 2016 flight.
Here is summary what occurred during the flight according to TSB investigators:
“On 2 September 2016, a Bell 206B helicopter, operated by Far West Helicopters, was returning to a remote base camp situated 3.6 nautical miles south-southeast of Deception Mountain, British Columbia. As the helicopter was approaching the base camp service pad, the pilot perceived a power fluctuation. In response, the pilot conducted a straight-in approach to the service pad. The helicopter pitched up to an extreme nose-high attitude and began to descend, eventually striking terrain near the service pad. The pilot was seriously injured and the helicopter, still running, was substantially damaged. There was no post-impact fire.