Aviation Investigation A15C0146
Collision with terrain
On 22 October 2015, an Oceanview Helicopters Ltd. Hughes 369D helicopter was conducting aerial work on hydro lines with the pilot and a hydro worker on board near Paynton, Saskatchewan. While installing a marker ball, the helicopter suddenly began to descend and collided with the terrain. The pilot and hydro worker sustained fatal injuries and the helicopter was destroyed in a post-impact fire.
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Eckhard Dittbrenner has more than 35 years of civil aviation experience and joined the TSB in 1999. Prior to joining the TSB, he worked as an aircraft technician for a commuter airline and worked for Transport Canada Aviation Enforcement for eight years. Since joining the TSB, Mr. Dittbrenner participated in several TSB investigations, including the investigation into the 2005 Air France accident at Pearson Airport in Toronto.
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- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
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TSB will be deploying a team of investigators to a helicopter accident near Paynton, Saskatchewan
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