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Pilot injured in helicopter crash near Calling Lake

May 24, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

May 24, 2011, Calling Lake, Alta. - A pilot was injured in a helicopter crash Monday in the area of Calling Lake, about 200 kilometres north of Edmonton, the second incident in a week.

A search and rescue operation was launched soon after a distress beacon was activated on the helicopter. The rescue centre at CFB Trenton deployed aircraft to assist in the search, a spokesman said.

STARS Air Ambulance were also dispatched to the scene to attend to a man in his mid-50s with what are described as non-life-threatening injuries.

A representative from the provincial government confirmed that the downed helicopter was neither a military aircraft, nor an aircraft contracted by the province for firefighting.

A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board said the helicopter that went down was a Bell 206 owned by Edmonton-based Delta Helicopters. It went down about 100 kilometres east of Slave Lake and 90 kilometres north of Athabasca.


TSB officials are investigating and are waiting to speak to the pilot about what happened.

The crash comes three days after a pilot was killed after his helicopter crashed into the waters of Lesser Slave Lake while battling wildfires.


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