Coast Guard retrieves chopper downed Sept. 9; wreckage en route to Resolute
Transportation Safety Board will examine the wreckage for clues to the crash
The Canadian Coast Guard helicopter that crashed near Banks Island Sept. 9, killing three on board, and then sank in more than 400 metres of water, has been recovered.
A team consisting of the CCGS Amundsen and CCGS Henry Larsen, ArcticNet and the Transportation Safety Board had been working to recover the helicopter after a remote operated vehicle off the Amundsen located the wreckage underwater Sept. 24.
“Thanks to the technical expertise of the Canadian Coast Guard crew, to ArcticNet, and to the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility pilots who operated the Amundsen’s remotely-operated vehicle, the wreckage was raised to the surface of the water yesterday where it was safely lifted onto the deck of the Amundsen and then transferred to the Larsen,” the TSB said Sept. 26.
The helicopter is now headed to Resolute Bay where the TSB said further plans are being made to transport it to a location where the TSB can conduct a full investigation.
The “successful recovery operation may contribute important information to the ongoing investigation,” the TSB said.
The helicopter, a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo-105, did not possess a “black box” device on board, which would have recorded inflight information.
But it was equipped with a camera to photograph sea ice whose images may reveal why the helicopter went down on its way back from a routine ice observation tour off the Amundsen.