Accident Aérospatiale AS 350BA C-FJJH, Saturday 11 January 1997
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Date:Saturday 11 January 1997
Time:c. 11:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale AS 350BA
Owner/operator:Mountain High Helicopters
Registration: C-FJJH
MSN: 2374
Year of manufacture:1990
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Boulder Pass, 10nm W of Kimberley, BC -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Kimberley, British Columbia
Destination airport:Purcell Mountains, British Columbia
Investigating agency: TSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The pilot, four passengers, and a dog departed from Kimberley, British Columbia, at 1100 mountain standard time (MST) in the Aerospatiale AS 350BA helicopter, for a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flight to an alpine hut located at 6,500 feet above sea level (asl) in the Purcell Mountains, 12 miles to the west of Kimberley. The helicopter did not return to Kimberley and a search was initiated at 16:00 MST.

The helicopter was found shortly after the search began; it had struck terrain in Boulder Pass, 10 miles west of Kimberley, at an elevation of 7,900 feet asl. All occupants sustained fatal injuries at impact, and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB
Report number: A97P0009
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


1. CADORS 1997P0020

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
04-Jul-2014 18:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2022 12:13 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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