NTSB Identification: NYC01WA207
Accident occurred Thursday, August 09, 2001 in Baffin Island, Canada
Aircraft: Hughes 369D, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 9, 2001, about 1700 eastern daylight time, a Hughes 369D, Canadian registry C-GYTY, was destroyed when it rolled over after attempting to land at a remote site on Baffin Island, Canada. The Canadian-certificated pilot, and one passenger were fatally injured. A second passenger was serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the contract flight. A company flight plan was filed and activated for the flight conducted under foreign commercial regulations.

According to the Canadian Government, the helicopter departed base camp and flew approximately 35 miles to the remote site to recover some geological samples. Some individuals working in the area saw the smoke from the post-crash fire and went to investigate. Once on scene, they rendered aid to the survivor until a rescue helicopter arrived.

The accident helicopter had rolled down a 25 to 30 degree slope, and had come to rest about 35 feet below the initial landing area. The landing area was described as sloped and covered with rocks. Witnesses reported that the weather was clear and that the winds were light.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Canada. Further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
23 East Wilmot Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
L4B1A3

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