Helicopter incident near Blue River prompts investigation

No one aboard suffered injuries

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) sent a team of investigators to the site of a helicopter incident at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) near Blue River to gather information and find out what caused the mishap.

“We have deployed two investigators to that site,” said a spokesperson for TSB.

“It was reported to us that during a heli-skiing operation a helicopter rolled over and was substantially damaged, but there were no injuries reported.”

According to information from MWHS, not long after 1 p.m. on March 14 a helicopter took flight with 12 passengers aboard when the pilot lost visibility and rolled the aircraft when trying to land.

A doctor and three senior guides were onsite in less than 10 minutes and those aboard were picked up and taken to the lodge in Blue River.

Bob Sayer, operations manager and senior guide with MWHS, said the helicopter was less than three metres in the air and rolled over in the snow, and though rollovers are uncommon, they’re not unknown.

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