Canada air ambulance near-crash under investigation
The near-crash of an air ambulance that resulted in the dismissal of two pilots was more serious than first thought
By Jon Azpiri
TOFINO, Canada — The troubled landing of air ambulance HHJ in Tofino last month is still under investigation, but new information is emerging about its rapid descent.
“Below 600 feet there were some excursions in heading and evidence of a high rate of descent, as much as 2,500 feet a minute for a very short time,” said Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board on Monday.
The Helijet air ambulance took off from YVR on the evening of Nov. 15 in good weather conditions. Two pilots and two paramedics were on board. En route to Tofino, it descended suddenly, losing control over the beach. It recovered, regained altitude and headed inland to Tofino Airport where it made a rough landing.