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Helicopter crash lands at Alberta Forestry base

A helicopter carrying the pilot and four Alberta Forestry officials crash-landed Friday 70 kilometres north of Coleman.

Five people escaped serious injury Friday morning when a helicopter crashed at The Gap provincial forestry fire base.
The helicopter carrying the pilot and four Alberta Forestry employees crashed about 11 a.m. Friday about 70 kilometres north of Coleman.
“The helicopter experienced a mechanical failure during a planned landing,” RCMP Const. Dale Bereza said in a news release. “The pilot was unable to maintain control and over-shot the designated landing pad, setting down in an adjacent field.”
The helicopter turned on its right side in a field on the east side of Highway 40 across from the Alberta Forestry base, causing some damage to the machine.
The pilot and four Alberta Forestry employees were taken to Crowsnest Pass Hospital. All were examined and released with only minor injuries sustained.
The helicopter is owned by Mustang Helicopters of Blackfalds.
The Transportation Safety Board and Occupational Health and Safety have been contacted and are expected to conduct an investigation into the crash.

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