Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell Helicopter Co 204B, C-GEAP

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


In accordance with its obligations under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Annex 13), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigated the circumstances surrounding the accident involving Bell Helicopter Co 204B helicopter, registered C-GEAP, at Bonaparte Lake, British Columbia on 17 August 2003.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, was carrying out fire suppression work and had just departed a staging site with an empty underslung water bucket. Shortly after takeoff, the engine ceased operating and, during the attempted autorotation emergency landing, the attached long line entangled a tree. The helicopter impacted the ground within a forest and was destroyed by a post-impact fire. The pilot was fatally injured.

The TSB requested that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assist their investigation by sourcing specific information. In accordance Annex 13 Paragraph 5.23, the ATSB appointed an Accredited Representative to the TSB investigation to provide information related to the pilot's qualifications and recent operational history.

On completion of the TSB investigation, the final investigation report will be made available on the TSB web site.

General details
Date: 17 August 2003   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: UTC    
Location   (show map): Bonaparte Lake, British Columbia    
State: International   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 14 September 2004   Occurrence category: Other  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 204  
Aircraft registration C-GEAP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bonaparte Lake, British Columbia  
Destination Bonaparte Lake, British Columbia  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014