January 28, 2013
One dead in Alberta chopper crash
By Dave Lazzarino, QMI Agency
EDMONTON – Police have confirmed that the pilot of a helicopter that crashed near Fox River, Alta., Sunday has died.
The helicopter down call went out around 10 p.m. Sunday, prompting a search by RCMP, Fox Creek Fire Department and the Canadian Armed Forces.
The search covered a large wooded area north of Berland River, about two and a half hours northwest of Edmonton.
According to RCMP, crew from a forces Hercules aircraft spotted the downed Robinson R-44 chopper just after 5 a.m.
"They located the helicopter and with different instructions they were able to guide our members to the site," said Sgt. Josée Valiquette of RCMP K-division.
She added the crash site was near the end of a gravel road and searchers had to use snowmobiles to get through the woods to the wreckage.
"It was in quite a remote area," said Valiquette.
The RCMP are not releasing any more information about the pilot or the aircraft until family can be notified, but they said the helicopter was company-owned.
Valiquette could not comment on the weather conditions at the time of the crash, but according to Environment Canada the temperature was around -9 C with relatively clear visibility and little wind.
The investigation has been handed over to the Transportation Safety Board. They have not commented on what they believe to be the cause of the crash but a team of investigators has been sent to the area to assess the evidence.