Pilot safely lands powerless helicopter in remote Labrador

A Universal helicopter contracted by the Newfoundland and Labrador government made an emergency landing near Charlottetown Monday due to engine failure.

Lone passenger on board, no one hurt

These helicopters owned by Universal are based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (CBC)

A Universal helicopter contracted by the Newfoundland and Labrador government made an emergency landing in southern Labrador Monday due to engine failure. 

The helicopter was providing service between Charlottetown and Norman Bay, which has no road access, around midday when it lost power.

The helicopter landed safely in a boggy area northeast of Charlottetown, Labrador. (Google Maps)

The helicopter service is used during for a few weeks when needed in the winter, when the ferry is unable to run due to ice. 

A pilot performed an emergency landing about 3.6 nautical miles northeast of Charlottetown.

Neither the lone passenger nor the pilot was hurt during the landing.

"[The pilot] landed close to a swampy bog area that was covered by snow," said Universal Helicopters President Shane Cyr. 

Company investigating

"It was really well done by the pilot. He did an exceptional job landing the aircraft without power."

The pilot then called the company's base in Goose Bay, and Universal sent another aircraft and brought maintenance engineers to the site.

Cyr said it's unknown why there was an engine failure and the investigation will continue.

The helicopter will either be fixed at the site or will be attached to another helicopter and flown back to base, Cyr said. 

Aside from the engine failure, the helicopter was not damaged during the landing. 

Cyr said the company notified Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board.

With files from Bailey White

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.