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Man injured in northern helicopter crash

January 23, 2015  By The Canadian Press

Jan. 23, 2015, Key Lake, Sask. - The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a non-fatal helicopter crash in northern Saskatchewan.


Initial reports say the Eurocopter AS350 hit the ground about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the remote community of Key Lake.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was being treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The aircraft operated by Airspan Helicopters was moving power-line cables suspended on a long line.


Initial reports say the helicopter, which was badly damaged, hit the ground when it couldn't release the load.

Key Lake is about 740 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

"The helicopter sustained substantial damage," Peter Hildebrand, a TSB spokesman, said Thursday from Winnipeg.

"The pilot exited the helicopter on his own, but was taken to hospital for observation."

Investigators are on their way to the accident site.


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