No one hurt as helicopter crashes near Langara

  • Aug. 17, 2012 10:00 a.m.

by Jane Wilson-A helicopter hit the water and partially submerged off Langara Island on Monday afternoon (Aug. 13).The Helijet Sikorsky S-76 was on approach when it was forced to do a controlled ditch into the ocean. The helicopter’s floats deployed but it became unbalanced and tipped over before sinking. Both occupants were able to climb out before the helicopter tipped and Transport Canada spokesperson John Cottreau said “the occupants didn’t even get wet.”The helicopter is currently under water, but Mr. Cottreau said it will be recovered by the insurance carrier. The Transportation Safety Board will be involved in the engine teardown to determine the reason for the accident.