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Air transportation safety investigation A21C0038

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Collision with terrain

Great Slave Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters AS350-B2 (C-FYDA)
Griffith Island, Nunavut

The occurrence

On , a Great Slave Helicopters Airbus Helicopters AS350-B2 departed a remote camp on a day VFR flight to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, located approximately 85 nautical miles to the northeast. On board was the pilot and 2 passengers. While flying over Griffith Island, the helicopter impacted the snow-covered surface. The aircraft was destroyed and there were no survivors. A post-crash fire consumed much of the fuselage area. The emergency locator transmitter did not transit a signal to the search and rescue satellites. The TSB is investigating.

Media materials

Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team following a fatal helicopter accident near Resolute Bay, Nunavut

Richmond Hill, Ontario, 29 April 2021 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following a fatal accident involving an Airbus Helicopter AS 350 B2 that occurred on 25 April, near Resolute Bay, Nunavut. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Daryl Collins

Daryl Collins joined the TSB in 2009 after a 20 year career with the Canadian Armed Forces, having flown as a search and rescue helicopter pilot on the CH146 Griffon, the CH113 Labrador, and the CH149 Cormorant helicopter. In his last position with the Canadian Forces, Mr. Collins was the Commanding Officer of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron based out of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

During his time with the Canadian Forces, Mr. Collins was responsible for the development and implementation of Canadian Forces-wide human performance training for all aircrew, maintenance, and air traffic control personnel and was heavily involved in flight safety. In addition, he obtained a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a dual specialization in Human Factors and System Safety.

Since joining the TSB, Mr. Collins has been actively involved in numerous accident investigations.

Mr. Collins holds an Airline Transport Licence – Helicopter with over 3200 hours of flying experience.


Class of investigation

This is a class 2 investigation. These investigations are complex and involve several safety issues requiring in-depth analysis. Class 2 investigations, which frequently result in recommendations, are generally completed within 600 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.