Helicopter takes out power lines in Whitehorse
Pilot not injured, but helicopter ended up in creek
A helicopter pilot is safe after running into a power line Monday morning in the Whistle Bend area of Whitehorse.
The Heli Dynamics employee managed to land the helicopter in McIntyre Creek and walk away.
He told CBC News that he is "feeling okay", but otherwise said he can't talk to the media.
The helicopter hit a power line which spanned the mouth of McIntyre Creek where it drains into the Yukon River just before 7:00 a.m.
Power was knocked out in the Porter Creek area and along Mountainview Drive, affecting about 400 customers. Yukon Electrical said power has now been restored.
James Paterson, the chief of fire operations at the Whitehorse airport, visited the scene this morning. He said he is impressed by the pilot's skill.
"Impressive landing, tremendous skill by the operator of this machine to be able to put it down considering the circumstances – instantaneously. Whatever happened out there with the power wire, he reacted right away and put the machine down. Probably within a few seconds. Amazing. Amazing job by the pilot," he said.
The helicopter was contracted by the City of Whitehorse for mosquito control work.