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Helijet makes emergency water landing

Aug 15 2012

A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter owned by Helijet International was forced to make a water landing off Langara Island in Haida Gwaii this week, said a company spokesman.

The incident happened at 1: 45 p.m. Monday after the helicopter had engine problems while on a charter. Neither the pilot nor the passenger, a fishing guide, were injured, said Jay Minter, Helijet marketing director. The helicopter landed on water beside a floating helipad after it lost power in an engine.

"While the aircraft was waiting to be towed to the floating helideck, it started to list to its right side, causing water to enter the cabin," Minter said.

The pilot and passenger got out before the helicopter turned upside down. Fuel containment booms were placed around the aircraft.

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