A helicopter from 442 Squadron in Comox circles nearby the crash site north of the Campbell River Airport following a helicopter crash in October 2017. (Jocelyn Doll/The Campbell River Mirror)

Cause unclear in crash that killed helicopter pilot in Campbell River

The Transportation Safety Board says it has not been able to determine why the helicopter went down

A Transportation Safety Board investigation could not find the cause of a deadly helicopter crash in Campbell River last October.

There were two pilots on a training run aboard the Robinson R44 Astro helicopter when the chopper went down near the Campbell River airport.

The board says its investigation found that shortly after the controls were transferred back to the main pilot, the helicopter began to spin and crashed into some trees.

READ MORE: One dead in helicopter crash northwest of the Campbell River Airport

READ MORE: Helicopter wreckage moved to Richmond for further examination

The pilot in the left seat was killed and the pilot in the right was seriously hurt, but managed to call 911 on his personal cellphone, prompting a search.

A report from the board released Monday says it found evidence of wear on drive belts, and gouges and loose bolts on an engine cooling fan, but wasn’t able to determine if either were factors in the crash.

Because there were no data or voice recorders, the board says more information was not available and it has recommended in the past that Transport Canada make such recording systems mandatory for lightweight commercial and private operators.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Campbell River store to accept donations for Zeballos as wildfire flares up

Local 7-Eleven offers free Slurpee in exchange for donations to Zeballos on Wednesday

In smoky conditions, listen to your body – Island Health

Symptoms of smoke exposure include eye, throat irritation

UPDATE: Fast-burning construction materials fuelled Willow Point blaze – fire chief

Curious onlookers created challenges for emergency crews; fundraising effort underway for family

Howie Meeker Campbell River Special Olympics golf classic welcomes new co-host

30th annual event pays tribute to 94-year-old namesake

UPDATED: Zeballos wildfire not getting any closer to town – BC Wildfire Service

About 64 wildfires burning north of Campbell River on Tuesday

Social media, digital photography allow millennials to flock to birdwatching

More young people are flocking to birdwatching than ever, aided by social media, digital photography

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

Said he and Trump arranged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort found guilty of eight charges

A mistrial has been declared for the other 10 charges against him

Canada’s team chasing elusive gold medal at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada, ranked No. 2 behind Japan, opens play Wednesday against No. 10 Hong Kong

Most Read