NTSB Identification: ANC06WA042
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in Zama City, Canada
Aircraft: MD Helicopter MD 600, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

On March 21, 2006, about 1400 mountain standard time, a Canadian-registered MD Helicopters MD 600N helicopter, C-FTAZ, was destroyed following an in-flight breakup and subsequent collision with terrain, about 31 miles north of Zama City, Alberta, Canada. The solo pilot sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was being utilized to support a geophysical survey crew, transporting personnel and equipment to various remote sites.

According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the helicopter was conducing an external sling-load operation, using a 115-foot long-line, at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported that as the helicopter was en route to a remote site, its tail boom separated, and the helicopter entered an uncontrolled descent until it collided with terrain.

This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Canada. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Mr. Michael Tomm
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
17803-106 A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5S 1V8
Phone: (780) 495-2010

This report is for informational purposes only, and contains information released by the government of Canada.

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