NTSB Identification: SEA05WA031
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 28, 2004 in Fairmont Hot Sp, Canada
Aircraft: Robinson R-44 II, registration: N313AL
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

On December 28, 2004, approximately 1415 mountain standard time, a Robinson R-44 II, N313AL, impacted the terrain near Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, received fatal injuries, and the aircraft, which was owned and operated by the pilot, was destroyed. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the aircraft was seen operating in visual meteorological conditions under an overcast, in an area where the visibility was approximately five miles. The pilot, who departed Cranbrook, British Columbia, about 45 minutes prior to the accident, was reportedly en route to Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Reportedly, witnesses saw the aircraft in cruise flight a few minutes prior to the accident, and although no one reported seeing the crash itself, the resultant post-crash fire brought the event to the attention of the local citizens. Initial reports indicated that the wreckage was confined to one small area, with essentially no crash track spread along the terrain.

This report is for informational purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada, and any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Damien Lawson, Investigator-In-charge
#4-3071 Number Five Road
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V6X2T4
Phone: 604 666-5826

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