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An improperly secured tool bag hit the rear rotor of a helicopter before the aircraft crashed in eastern Ontario, killing four people on board, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, as it issued a warning on the risks of unsecured cargo.
The board said its preliminary investigation into the Dec. 14 crash near Tweed, Ont., suggested the tool bag being carried on a platform outside the Hydro One helicopter was the main cause of the deadly incident.
Shortly before the crash, the helicopter’s pilot picked up three linemen at the base of a high-power transmission tower and was transporting them to a nearby staging area, the TSB said.
I've had the privilege of knowing quite a few high baller pilots. (Highballer in mining means someone who's balls to the wall, great at their job, and no matter what, no matter the circumstance, gets the job done)
It was an AS 350B2. It only had the one pilot on board. He should have double checked before takeoff that they were secured.
originally posted by: Tempter
In the 94th we had a problem with maintenance leaving flashlights propped in the wheelwell, either during an inspection or maintenance. Hey, flightlines aren't that we'll illuminated for maintenence!
Anyways, they grounded the whole squadron when one fell out during an F15 takeoff and landed in someone's car engine bay. Kids were in that car, too!
The offenders (crew chief and tool shop guy) were discharged, dishonorable.
You HAVE to inspect your tools when checking in, both the crew chief and the tool guys!