UPDATE: Loss of power believed to have caused helicopter crash in Wabush

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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A Bell 407 helicopter from Universal Helicopters' fleet photos on its website www.uhnl.nf.ca.

Preliminary reports indicate a loss of power caused a helicopter to crash Sunday in the area of Elephant Head Lake near Wabush.

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (CTSB) has confirmed that CTSB officials in Dartmouth, N.S. are collecting information to investigate the crash and will be looking at maintenance records for the aircraft.

A CTSB spokesman said the helicopter was owned by Universal Helicopters and although it's uncertain what it was doing at the time, it's believed the Bell 407 aircraft was involved in supporting mining activity in the area.

The spokesman said the CTSB investigators are developing information from their desks in Dartmouth and plan to interview the pilot by telephone. It's not certain yet if they will travel to Labrador as part of the investigation.

 The 44-year-old pilot, who was the only person on board the helicopter, was taken to Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Throughout the day Sunday, members of the RNC Patrol Division and Forensic

Identification Unit gathered evidence to assist the CTSB with its investigation.

In the meantime, the RNC said Monday, the scene has been released to the company that owns the aircraft and it's expected to remove the helicopter from the area over the next few days.

The Constabulary said it would like to acknowledge Labrador West Ground Search and

Rescue Team members for their time and being available to assist police in this matter.

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Pilot treated and released after helicopter crash

A helicopter pilot is lucky to be alive after his aircraft crashed Sunday around 1 p.m. in the area of Elephant Head Lake near Wabush.

The 44-year-old pilot, the only person on board the helicopter at the time, was taken to Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Throughout the day members of the RNC Patrol Division and Forensic

Identification Unit gathered evidence to assist in an investigation.

A police spokesman said this morning the Transportation Safety Board may be conducting an investigation but that will be up to the board.

He said the RNC will assist the board if it does conduct an investigation.

In the meantime, he said, the scene has been released to the company that owns the aircraft and it's expected to remove the helicopter from the area over the next few days.

The RNC is not releasing the name of the helicopter company.

The Constabulary said it would like to acknowledge Labrador West Ground Search and

Rescue Team members for their time and being available to assist police in this matter.

Organizations: Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital, RNC Patrol Division, Transportation Safety Board

Geographic location: Elephant Head Lake

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