Transportation Safety Board deploys to helicopter accident near Blue River

By Ashley Legassic / The Canadian Press
March 15, 2019 - 9:04am Updated: March 15, 2019 - 9:42am

BLUE RIVER, B.C. — A team of investigators is en route to a helicopter accident north of Kamloops.

Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Alex Fournier says a helicopter reportedly rolled over, leading to significant damage, but no injuries have been reported at this time.

A spokesman with a heli-skiing outfit in eastern British Columbia says a chartered helicopter with 12 people aboard made a bad landing and rolled on Thursday, but there were no injuries.

Bob Sayer, operations manager and senior guide with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, says the accident near Blue River occurred when the pilot ``lost reference'' and couldn't see the ground.

Sayer says the chopper was less than three metres in the air and rolled over in the snow.

Sayer says he flew in with another helicopter, collected the group and returned to the lodge in Blue River.

Rollovers are unusual, Sayer says, but they are not unknown.

Sayer says the on-site probe wrapped up within hours and the skiers were anxious to get back to the slopes.

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