Pilot recovering after helicopter crash west of Edmonton
Published Monday, June 3, 2013 4:14PM MDT Last Updated Monday, June 3, 2013 4:52PM MDT
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
The pilot of a helicopter that went down in a remote area west of Edmonton will be okay, officials say.
Jon Lee with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada confirms with CTV News that a helicopter crash occurred in a remote, treed area about 54 kilometres east of Grande Cache just before 9 a.m. Monday morning.
Lee said the male pilot of the Robinson R-44 helicopter, who was the sole individual on board the aircraft when it crashed, was injured but is "doing okay."
The helicopter, operated by Gemini Helicopters Inc. based out of Grande Prairie, received substantial damage.
Lee said the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is working with the operator and local RCMP to gather information on the crash to determine whether a team will be deployed to investigate further.
A cause for the crash has not yet been determined.
Roch Dallarie with Gemini Helicotpers Inc. says weather was poor so that may have been a factor in the crash.
Dallarie tells CTV News the male pilot was taken to Grande Prairie Hospital by STARS, and is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.
The last crash involving a Gemini Helicopters aircraft was in January. In that case, the pilot died.
Grande Cache is located about 145 kilometres north west of Hinton and 435 kilometres west of Edmonton.