A fatal helicopter crash southwest of Fox Creek in September 2016 is being blamed on low fuel levels and a failure to turn on the chopper’s automatic ignition.
According to the Transportation Safety Board, the pilot continued on with an Alberta government aerial survey of mountain pine beetles despite being low on gas. Investigators think air got into the fuel pump and wasn’t able to turn back on in mid-air.
A 44-year-old woman passenger died. The pilot was left with serious injuries. According to the safety board, Ridge Rotors, the chopper owner, was regularly allowed to fly with low fuel but has since changed its procedures and pilot training.
With files from the Canadian Press
Map from Transportation Safety Board report