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Pilot injured in helicopter crash near Calling Lake

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.

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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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