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Aviation Investigation Report A16A0084

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 25 October 2017.

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Collision with wires

Bell 206B (Helicopter), C-GVJT
Flatlands, New Brunswick

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The occurrence

On 4 September 2016, a private Bell 206B helicopter departed Charlo, New Brunswick, for Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, in visual flight rules weather conditions. The helicopter collided with power lines near Flatlands, New Brunswick, causing substantial damage, and fell into the Restigouche River. The pilot and the front passenger were fatally injured. The rear-seat passenger survived the accident.

Media materials

News release


2016 fatal helicopter accident near Flatlands, New Brunswick, highlights the dangers of low-altitude flying
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Deployment notice


TSB is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a helicopter accident near Campbellton, New Brunswick

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 4 September 2016 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators tomorrow to the site of a helicopter accident near Campbellton, New Brunswick. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Murray Hamm

Murray Hamm joined the TSB in 2010 as a Regional Senior Technical Investigator in the Air Investigations Branch at the Dartmouth office, Nova Scotia. Prior to that, he worked as a contracted employee for the 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (3 CFFTS) at the Southport Aerospace Centre located near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and held the position of Fixed Wing Chief Engineer.

Mr. Hamm has more than 30 years of aviation experience and worked for several fixed wing and rotary wing operations as a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. He holds both an M1 and M2 license, and has also enjoyed recreational flying as a private pilot, and as a glider student pilot.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.